• 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?

Horse-drawn carriage called a victoria

For Christmas in 1903, the I.O. St. Luke gave Maggie Walker a Victoria (a type of horse-drawn carriage), a matched pair of black horses, and coachman’s livery.