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Citizens Bank donates $25,000 and sponsors free weekend of events at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

Thousands expected to visit the museum Jan. 16-19


PHILADELPHIA    (January 5, 2009) - Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania announced today that it is donating $25,000 to the African American Museum in Philadelphia and will sponsor the museum’s commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from Friday evening, January 16 through Monday, January 19. The sponsorship will provide free admission to the museum, as well as special events, including the Citizens Bank Scavenger Hunt for Heritage aimed at helping children learn about the museum.

“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. worked tirelessly throughout his extraordinary life to promote justice and equality for all Americans,” said Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, Citizens Bank President and CEO for Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. “More than 40 years after his passing, he continues to inspire new generations with his message of hope, fairness and community service. Citizens Bank is proud to honor his legacy by sponsoring numerous free events and a free weekend at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.”

At a news conference held at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Citizens Bank presented the $25,000 gift and outlined some of the special events and entertainment that will be available throughout the weekend.

Those events will include performances by the Mount Carmel Youth Orchestra, the Freedom Choir of Philadelphia, Unity Community Center Praise Dancers and the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Choir; screenings of the films “Walking with Guns” and “Martin Luther King Boulevard;” an exhibition and book signing of “Mothers in Charge: Faces of Courage;” a youth chess tournament; and a presentation of letters and spoken word called “Voices of Peace.”

Also on Monday, a service component called “The Peace Project,” in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Mothers in Charge, will display a Peace Quilt at the museum.

In addition to the special exhibits and performances occurring at the museum on January 19, Citizens Bank has created the Citizens Bank Scavenger Hunt for Heritage to make it fun and exciting for children to explore the museum. Each child will be given a list and asked to find specific artifacts located throughout the museum. Children who bring their completed scavenger hunt list back to the Citizens Bank table in the museum will receive a special prize, compliments of Citizens Bank.

“We’re pleased to continue our partnership with Citizens Bank for a second year and are grateful for its generous support of the museum, which allows us to open our doors to the community for the weekend surrounding Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day,” said Romona Riscoe Benson, President and CEO of the African American Museum in Philadelphia. “Its support enables us to attract new community members to the museum and to showcase our galleries and Pennsylvania artists.”

About Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania

Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania is a state-chartered bank with dual headquarters in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. It has approximately 400 branches and more than 690 ATMs throughout Pennsylvania. It also operates 15 retail branches and 37 ATMs in southern New Jersey and a commercial loan office in Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $161 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I.

Citizens Financial Group, through its subsidiaries, has more than 1,600 branches, 3,500 ATMs and 24,000 employees. CFG’s two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 13-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. It is one of the 10 largest commercial banking companies in the United States ranked by assets and deposits. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). 

About the African American Museum in Philadelphia

Founded in 1976 in celebration of the nation's Bicentennial, the African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. Throughout its evolution, the museum has objectively interpreted and presented the achievements and aspirations of African Americans from pre-colonial times to the current day.

The museum is committed to telling the story of African Americans in all its permutations: family life, the Civil Rights movement, arts and entertainment, sports, medicine, architecture, politics, religion, law and technology. The AAMP houses four galleries and an auditorium, each of which offers exhibitions anchored by one of three dominant themes: the African Diaspora, the Philadelphia Story and the Contemporary Narrative.