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Contact: Celia Suggs, 804 771-2107 x. 22
The event, sponsored by the National Park Service, will feature children and adults portraying members of The Independent Order of St. Luke, delivering testimonials and special programs that were presented during Walker’s leadership of the Order. Actress Marie Goodman Hunter will portray Maggie Walker delivering her famous “Race Unity” speech. Three generations of Walker’s grandchildren also will reflect on what her legacy means to their family.
In conjunction with the year-long commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of Jamestown, the historical speeches will reveal how Maggie Walker and other members of the Independent Order of St. Luke remembered the first Africans who first landed at Jamestown in 1619.
The public is encouraged to wear period dress – black slacks and white shirts for men and all white for women which was typical for all St. Luke meetings. The National Park Service is extending a special invitation to all former members of the Independent Order of St. Luke to come and be recognized.
After the program, birthday cake and lemonade will be served at the Maggie L. Walker National Historical Site Visitor Center located at 600 N. 2nd Street, two-blocks from Third Street Bethel AME Church. Park rangers will be available to guide visitors through Maggie Walker’s home until 5:00 p.m.
Third Street Bethel AME Church is the oldest church in Jackson Ward, and the location where Maggie Walker gave some of her most historic and stirring speeches.