OKLAHOMA CITY (9/24/14)--A renovated, refurbished and expanded memorial and museum commemorating the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City includes the story of the credit union that was housed within.
Federal Employees CU--now known as Allegiance CU, with $247 million in assets--had its sole office in the building, which was home to 33 employees.
On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols successfully detonated a 4,000-pound fertilizer bomb outside the building, which housed branches of 17 federal agencies, a day-care center and the credit union.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum takes visitors through 12 galleries, capturing the chaos of the scene and 168 memorials to victims. One of the galleries is titled "Survivor." It is in that room that the story of retired CEO Florence Rogers is told (The Wall Street Journal Sept. 23)
Rogers was holding her weekly staff meeting with seven employees when the bomb exploded, throwing her against a wall and shearing the building in half.
The others in the room "just disappeared," The Wall Street Journal noted. "Her dress, looking like she just bought it, is on display."
Eighteen employees, 105 members, a board member and a credit committee member died in the blast. Five surviving employees were not in the building at the time of the blast, and 10 other credit union survivors were in the building, according to an account on the credit union's website.