Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Legacy on Leigh Street
Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
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
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
“Mrs. Walker is considered one of the outstanding women of 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
(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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Industry & Commerce.
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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 N 2nd St, Richmond VA 23219, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Quality Row (a few steps from this marker); Maggie Lena Walker (within shouting distance of 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Also see . . . Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site. National Park Service (Submitted on May 11, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 11, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 11, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.