07/13/2013Location: Maggie Walker National Historic Site. 600 N. 2nd Street Richmond VA 23219 Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 AM Fee Information: Free
To celebrate the 149th birthday of Maggie L. Walker, on Saturday, July 13, 2013, the National Park Service will host a series of programs and exhibits exploring the history of her community of Jackson Ward and her contributions to its growth and prosperity.
The birthday is just one of several milestone anniversaries being celebrated this year, including the 150th birthday of John Mitchell, a contemporary of Maggie Walker's and a fellow newspaper publisher and activist. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the historic Hippodrome Theatre.
The Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site will host three ranger-led programs focusing on a variety of facets of Jackson Ward's history. All programs begin or take place at the park's visitor center at 600 N. 2nd Street.
Park Ranger Ben Anderson, musician, historian, and PhD candidate at the College of William and Mary, will explore the music of Maggie Walker's time, the history and role of the Hippodrome Theater, and the influence of both on the Jackson Ward community.
Park Ranger George Peeterse will explore the story of economic empowerment and emerging black-owned businesses in Reconstruction-era Richmond and Jackson Ward.
A one-hour, one-mile walking tour of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood led by Park Ranger Melissa Weissert, looking at how 2nd Street became nationally known as Black Wall Street – and how Jackson Ward got its name!
In addition, a temporary exhibit entitled, "On the Road with Maggie Walker" will explore how Walker's use of first-class automobiles was designed to serve as an inspiration to her community and an example of a successful African American businesswoman in the era of Jim Crow.
Additional programs will be ongoing throughout the afternoon, including tours of Walker's historic home given on the hour and half-hour, and a Junior Ranger "Hunt for History" program for children.