“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Maggie Lena Walker

Maggie Lena Walker Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 25, 2014
1. Maggie Lena Walker Marker
Inscription. Maggie Lena Walker was the first woman and the first African-American woman to found and be president of a chartered bank in the United States. She was born into poverty on July 15, 1864 in Richmond, Virginia to parents who worked in the mansion of the abolitionist, Elizabeth Van Lew. At the age of 14, Walker volunteered for the Order of St. Luke, a mutual aid society that provided financial and educational support to African-Americans in need.

As an entrepreneur, Walker founded the St. Luke Herald newspaper, the St. Luke Emporium, and the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank, and she later became chairman of the board of the Consolidated Bank and Trust Company. Walker died in Richmond, Virginia on December 15, 1934. In 1939, Maggie L. Walker High School was built and named in her honor; it was one of two schools for black students in the Richmond area during the time of racial segregation. In 2001, the high school, which had been abandoned since 1990, reopened as the Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies which now serves multiple school divisions.
Erected 2014 by MLWGS Class of 2011.
Location. 37° 33.455′ N, 77° 27.192′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the
Maggie L. Walker Governor's School image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 25, 2014
2. Maggie L. Walker Governor's School
intersection of North Lombardy Street and West Leigh Street, on the left when traveling north on North Lombardy Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 N Lombardy St, Richmond VA 23220, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hartshorn Memorial College (within shouting distance of this marker); Virginia Union University (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pickford Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); Coburn Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Virginia Union University 150th Anniversary Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Richmond College (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Virginia Union University (approx. 0.4 miles away); Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 454 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on June 30, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 25, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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