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Maggie L. Walker’s business successes, her dedication to African American uplift, and her devotion to social justice garnered her widespread recognition in her own lifetime. In 1905, a national black press featured Walker alongside such noteworthy individuals as Mary Church Terrell, T. Thomas Fortune, and George Washington Carver in a poster titled, “101 Prominent Colored People.” Two years later, Booker T. Washington acknowledged Mrs. Walker and her bank in his publication, The Negro in Business.

In November of 1924, The Independent Order of St. Luke praised Walker with a “Testimonial of Love,” a program and publication to honor her 25th year as the Order’s Right Worthy Grand Secretary Treasurer. During that occasion, Virginia Governor E. Lee Trinkle remarked:“If the State of Virginia had done no more, in fifty years, with the funds spent on the education of Negroes than educate Mrs. Walker, the State would have been amply repaid for its outlay and efforts.”

For Mrs. Walker’s commitment to education, Virginia Union University awarded her an honorary Master of Science degree  in 1925.  In 1934, the City of Richmond declared October as “Maggie L. Walker Month” in honor of all her accomplishments. More...

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