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A Legacy on Leigh Street

Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site

 
 
A Legacy on Leigh Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 11, 2016
1. A Legacy on Leigh Street Marker
Inscription. This Italianate mansion was once the bustling home of pioneering African American entrepreneur Maggie Lena Walker (1864- 1934). Walker lived here for the final thirty years of her life and greatly expanded the home to accommodate four generations of her family. Walker’s opulent home, and those of her successful neighbors, earned the 100 block of East Leigh Street the nickname “Quality Row.” Walker’s family continued to care for the house long after her death. Today, visitors can experience the home just as Walker intended it: a place of inspiration where all are welcome.

Visiting her home
Walker's exquisitely decorated home reflected her significant achievements, and most of the furnishings currently on display belonged to her. Guided tours are available during operating hours. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/mawa

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Queen of Quality Row
Maggie L. Walker rose to national prominence as a crusader for racial justice, women’s rights, and economic empowerment. As the leader of the Independent Order of St. Luke, a large black fraternal order, Walker chartered the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in 1903. She became the nation’s first African American female bank president.

“Mrs. Walker is considered one of the outstanding women of
Maggie L. Waker National Historic Site image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 11, 2016
2. Maggie L. Waker National Historic Site
her race and is sometimes referred to as ‘the Queen of Negro fraternal leaders’ and ‘the phenomenon in banking circles.’

Lester Walton, The New York World, 1924

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(lower left) Walker purchased her house in 1904 from an African American physician named Robert E. Jones (in carriage). She added the columned porch in 1922, giving the home the stately appearance you see today.

(upper right) Maggie Lena Walker, ca. 1905
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 37° 32.863′ N, 77° 26.261′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is on East Leigh Street (Virginia Route 33) west of North 2nd Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 N 2nd St, Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Quality Row (a few steps from this marker); Alfred D. “A.D.” Price (within shouting distance of this marker); Miller’s and Eggleston Hotels (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson Ward (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Giles Beecher Jackson (about 500 feet away); Saint Joseph Catholic Church (about 700 feet away); Navy Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Mitchell, Jr., "Fighting Editor" (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .  Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site. National Park Service (Submitted on May 11, 2016.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsIndustry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 118 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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