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Preservationist hopes to restore Boley bank hit by ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd’s gang

The Associated Press - March 26, 2019 2:42 pm

BOLEY, Okla. (AP) — The founder of a historical preservation nonprofit says a building in central Oklahoma connected to one of the nation’s most infamous bank robbers of the 20th century could soon be restored.

Coltrane Group CEO Andre Head says three members of Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd’s gang attempted to rob the Farmers and Merchants Bank in the all-black town of Boley, the largest black town in the state in November 1932. Two gang members were killed and the third was sentenced to prison.

The Oklahoman reports that Head says the National Park Service has provided a $24,000 grant to help facilitate the Boley bank’s renovation and repairs. Head estimates it will cost a total of around $200,000 to complete overhauls on the facility.

 

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