Several prominent Black businesses, figures and politicians among others gathered Nov. 10 at the Arena Stage in Southwest D.C. to pay homage to Industrial Banks’ 80th Anniversary.

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Patricia Mitchell, Industrial Bank executive vice president, D.C. Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser and B. Doyle Mitchell Jr., Industrial Bank president and CEO. (Photo by Rob Roberts)

“It’s special to us because a lot of different people made a big difference in us being around,” B. Doyle Mitchell Jr., president and CEO of the bank, told the AFRO .  “Customers have been with us for decades, employees that have worked so hard for Industrial Bank and that’s why it’s special.”

In commemoration of the bank’s 80-year mark, and of it being the last African American owned bank in the metropolitan area, D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) gave her appreciation and “many thanks” to the bank. “We are here tonight for Industrial Bank,” she said.

The bank also received remarks of endearment and proclamations from D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker.  D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) also presented the bank with a Resolution from the council.

“I’ve been trying to figure out, if the original founders thought about being in existence for 80 years and I just wonder what they were thinking about in 1934 when they started the bank,” Patricia Mitchell, executive vice president of the bank told the AFRO. The bank was founded Aug. 20, 1934 by Jesse H. Mitchell.