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Contact: Eola Dance, 804 771-2017 x. 22
Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site will commemorate 100 years of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Saturday, February 28, 2009. Distinguished speakers will join park staff for a panel discussion –A Lasting Legacy: Maggie L. Walker and 100 Years of the NAACP - beginning at 1 p.m. in the park’s education building located at 112 E. Leigh Street. The program is free. For more information visit www.nps.gov/mawa or call (804) 771-2017 x24.
About the program
Maggie L. Walker worked tirelessly for equality and economic empowerment through leadership in organizations like the NAACP and the Independent Order of Saint Luke. Panelists will reflect on the creation of the NAACP, Maggie L. Walker’s role in the association and the lasting legacy of their contributions to society over the past 100 years. Panel Participants Scheduled presenters include Tyee Davenport, president of the Henrico County NAACP; Dr. Heather Huyck, history professor at the College of William & Mary and member of the Williamsburg NAACP; Brian Daugherity, history instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University and John Donoghue, Park Guide at Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site.
About the park
Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, home of the first woman in the United States to become President of a chartered bank, has been a National Park Site since 1978. The National Park Service preserves the home of Mrs. Walker, who was the leader of the Independent Order of St. Luke, an important benevolent association. In addition, she was also a philanthropist, a feminist, an early advocate of civil rights, becoming active in many national organizations. Guided tours of her restored home, located in historic Jackson Ward, are given by National Park Rangers at the Visitor Center, 600 North Second Street, open Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. The site is closed Sundays, New Years, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Admission is Free.