• Collage of images, including Maggie Walker, her home, and the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank

    Maggie L Walker

    National Historic Site Virginia

Determined Spirit

Maggie Walker devoted her life to civil rights advancement, economic empowerment, and educational opportunities for Jim Crow-era African Americans and women. As a bank president, newspaper editor, and fraternal leader, Walker served as an inspiration of pride and progress. Today, Walker’s home is preserved as a tribute to her enduring legacy of vision, courage, and determination.

Did You Know?

Booker T. Washington

While Mrs. Walker is known as the first African American woman to found and be president of a bank, much of her work was in the early 20th Century Civil Rights Movement with her friends Booker T. Washington, Mary Church Terrell, and Mary McLeod Bethune.