Brockton CU, Bank Seek Ways To Save Historic 'Liberty Tree'

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The banks and credit unions could be teaming to solve another local problem-this one over a local landmark. An historic 200-year-old sycamore, known as the "Liberty Tree," sits on the lot housing Security Federal Bank and branches into the adjacent headquarters of HarborOne CU (formerly Brockton CU), and is falling down. Located on the recently renamed Frederick Douglass Avenue, the tree marks the spot on the Underground Railroad where slavery abolitionists gathered to give speeches.

But a recent storm, which tore a six-foot gash 35-feet up, could spell the end of the Liberty Tree. Leo McNeil, head of marketing at the credit union, said the local landmark could be doomed.

"It doesn't look very promising," McNeil told The Credit Union Journal, looking out of his office over the wounded sycamore. He said the credit union would be willing to work with its banking neighbor to try and save the Liberty Tree, if they can find a solution to the problem.

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