#OTD- July 15, 1864
Walker was the first known woman and African American to charter a bank in the United States, #StLukesPennySavingsBank. She championed help for the poor and gave loans to African American businesses.
"Let us have a bank that will take the nickels and turn them into dollars."
In 2017, Richmond honored Walker with a statue.
The #NegroHistoryDetective recently visited her #NationalParkServiceHistoricSite on #LeighStreet in #JacksonWard. The street was once known as #QualityRow because of its opulent homes owned by successful African Americans.
I also stopped at the monument to Walker.
I highly recommend journeying to #RichmondVA to explore the legacy of this pioneering businesswoman and philanthropist.
The artifacts in the first collage:
1) 1934 Memorial Program for Maggie Lena Walker
2) July 23, 1919 letter signed by Walker discussing the 300th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans to arrive in #JamestowneVirginia
3) January 1, 1925 St. Luke's Penny Savings Bank Check
This is part of a larger Maggie Lena Walker collection within the Nanny Jack & Co Archives
Artifacts courtesy of Nanny Jack & Co Archives