Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Maggie Lena Walker Monument Unveiling

The City of Richmond, its Public Art Commission and Mayor Levar M. Stoney are pleased to announce the unveiling of Richmond’s newest monument memorializing the Richmond icon and entrepreneur Maggie Lena Walker, the late 19th- and early 20th-century African-American leader who was the first woman to charter a bank in the United States.

The public is cordially invited to join city officials, the statue’s nationally acclaimed artist, Antonio “Toby” Mendez, members of the Maggie Walker family and other dignitaries for this momentous event on Saturday, July 15, 2017, Ms. Walker’s 153rd birthday.

The monument location is at Broad and Adams Street in the city’s historic Jackson Ward neighborhood. It is within walking distance of the Maggie Walker Home and National Historic Site, the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank she founded in 1903 and the Emporium, her clothing store on Broad Street.

“This effort has been nearly 20 years in the making and it is an honor to finally see it happen during my time in office,” said Mayor Stoney. “Maggie Walker is an inspiration to women, African Americans and entrepreneurs alike.”

The unveiling and dedication of the statue will begin at 10 am, followed by a reception with the artist at the new plaza. The National Park Service will conduct walking tours of the area focusing on Ms. Walker’s contributions to Richmond immediately following the dedication and the National Historic Site will remain open all day for tours.