Historic Newton Acquires Papers of African American Leader

Archives Keep Records of Banker C. Bernard Fulp

In a more than 30-year career in the financial services industry, C. Bernard Fulp founded a bank in Newton, served as chairman and CEO of a software firm, and won the Mary Hudson Onley Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Hall of Black Achievement. Fulp recently donated papers that chronicle his professional accomplishments to the Archives at Historic Newton.

Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Fulp received a B.S. from Winston-Salem State University before moving to New England to continue his education. He received a M.A. from the University of Connecticut and completed a management development program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration before beginning a career in banking. He rose through the ranks, eventually becoming the executive vice president at Bank of New England, the first African-American to attain this position at the bank.

Fulp founded Middlesex Bank & Trust in Newton in 1997. The bank provided financing to small and mid-sized businesses and Fulp served as its president at CEO until he left in 2002. Middlesex was eventually acquired by Eastern Bank. Fulp is now CEO of GoBiz Solutions, a software firm.

The papers that Fulp donated reflect his long career as well as his community and civic service. He was a trustee of the Board of Higher Education in Massachusetts, a trustee at Lesley University, and served on many boards. He is currently a board member of Historic Newton.

Historic Newton’s Jackson Homestead, once a stop on the Underground Railroad, is now part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Interpreting African American history in Newton is a core part of Historic Newton’s mission. The addition of Bernard Fulp’s papers to our Archives augments our collection of materials related to the history of Newton.