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.Dianna Brice Murder: Tylydiah Garnett Arrested In Connection To Murder Of 21-Year-Old Dianna Brice, Police Say
She also organized the Model Cities Business and Commercial Project known today as the Philadelphia Commercial Development Project. The project revitalized commerce in Philadelphia.READ MORE: Pennsylvania To Expand COVID-19 Eligibility To Everyone In Phase 1C Beginning Monday
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. ”MORE NEWS: Man Injured In North Philadelphia Shooting: Police
Arrangements to celebrate her life and legacy will be announced at a later date.