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Civic & Community

Age Minimum (with Adult): 12+, Minimum Age:12+

Maggie Walker Day of Service

Maggie Lena Walker, born July 15, 1864, is a Richmond she-ro: an African American civic leader, owner and operator of a Broad Street department store, The St. Luke Emporium, and publisher of the St. Luke Herald newspaper. Decades before the Civil Rights Movement, Maggie L. Walker organized a boycott of the segregated Richmond streetcar system by the Black community to raise the issue of the unfair treatment of Black residents who were customers aboard the Richmond streetcars. Famously, Mrs. Walker was the first African American woman in the United States to found a bank. Her St. Luke Penny Savings Bank was an early 20th Century symbol of the strength of the Jackson Ward community, a neighborhood with Black businesses, churches, and schools that flourished in spite of Jim Crow laws. Maggie Walker's belief in the power of mutual support and solidarity, and her steadfast advocacy for African American women to achieve economic independence still informs Richmond's leaders today.

This year, we honor the life and community of Maggie L. Walker with a “Day of Service” based in the Jackson Ward neighborhood. Please join us for a morning of innovative mural installation, beautification, and clean up. Local businesses that highlight the eclectic food available in Jackson Ward are offering coupons to all volunteers. We hope you'll patronize the businesses of Jackson Ward at the conclusion of our service projects!

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