• 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?

Mary McLeod Bethune

Mrs. Walker and Mary McLeod Bethune were close friends. Both served on the board of the National Association of Colored Women (NACW). Mrs. Bethune visited Mrs. Walker, staying overnight on many occasions. Mrs. Bethune’s home in Washington, D.C. is also a National Historic Site.