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BARNETT TO SPONSOR BLACK HISTORY AND CULTURE BRAIN BOWL

 JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- For the third straight year, Barnett Banks, Inc. (NYSE: BBI) will sponsor the Ninth Annual Black History and Culture Brain Bowl to be held Dec. 10 and 11 in Tampa. Barnett's $25,000 contribution supports competitions at the local, regional and state levels.
 The annual competition provides Florida's high school students the opportunity to earn college scholarships by learning more about their heritage. The Brain Bowl will focus on world and American history with an emphasis on African-American culture.
 "Barnett is committed to supporting education," said Allen L. Lastinger Jr., president and chief operating officer for Barnett. "We are pleased to sponsor a competition that encourages black students to learn more about their heritage."
 With $37 billion in assets and 634 offices in Florida and Georgia, Barnett Banks, Inc. is the leading financial institution in Florida and the 21st-largest in the United States. The company's stock (BB) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Stickler of Barnett Banks, 904-791-5437, or home, 904-396-9284/
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