By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Emma Chappell, founder and CEO of United Bank of Philadelphia, has died at the age of 80. Chappell was the first African-American woman to establish a commercial bank in the United States and was the first African-American vice president of a major bank in Pennsylvania.

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She also organized the Model Cities Business and Commercial Project known today as the Philadelphia Commercial Development Project. The project revitalized commerce in Philadelphia.

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She was also a key mover in the city’s political scene.

“Emma will always be remembered for her leadership, advocacy, and business acumen giving voice to social justice, racial and gender equality, and creating change.  She never shrunk from a worthy battle as she continued to work using the radio airwaves, leadership as co-convener for the Women’s Leadership Council along with other civic organizations to exemplify her strong Christian faith and commitment to service,” the Black Women’s Leadership Council said in a statement. ”

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Arrangements to celebrate her life and legacy will be announced at a later date.