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MANCHESTER, N.H. — Steeped in grassroots and hope, the stories of African-American credit union pioneers are ones of quiet yet bold efforts to help grow a young movement.

There’s Dr. S.P. Dean, organizer of the Light of Tyrrell Credit Union in North Carolina, who built an entire community around the cooperative. Tyrrell County residents not only had an entity to house savings but also a hospital, library, one of the first youth credit programs, financial literacy courses, a cooperative marketing group that promoted products and a buying club for supplies.

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