Nashville Globe – January 18, 1907 (pg. 4)
To the Nashville Globe;
In your issue of January 11, 1907, there appeared an account of the annual banquet and installation of the Drivers’ Mutual Aid Association. A statement in which it is my desire to correct, as it does our society great injustice. We feel very grateful to you and Mr. Hart, one of the reporters, however, for the excellent report of our banquet. The Association, with two exceptions, is composed of men who make their living by the “sweat of their brow.”
The part of the article that we wish corrected is that which says, “Only one feature of this organization noticeable that deserves criticism and that is they make all of their deposits in banks operated by white men, ignoring entirely their own, the One Cent Savings Bank.” Our Association has done as much for the upbuilding of the colored race as any institution in Nashville. Had the reporter made inquiries of the officials concerning the statement printed in the paper he would have received the following facts: We have deposited in the One Cent Savings Bank since Jan. 16, 1904, $1,066.30, and we are still making deposits in the same bank, through which we do all of our business, and I am pleased to say that the officers of that institution show us every courtesy that could be shown. Our Association is not a secret society and the officials will be glad at any time to furnish you with any information that will be of interest to you or the reading public. We ask you in justice to us to correct the discrepancies in your article of last week.
WM C. Foster
Treasurer of Drivers’ Mutual Aid Association
Nashville, Jan. 14, 1907