Maggie L. Walker Makes National Business Hall of Fame
On Thursday, April 26, 2001, Maggie Lena Walker was inducted into the Junior Achievement National Business Hall of Fame along with five other laureates. Since 1975, the National Business Hall of Fame has honored the nation's most distinguished businesspeople for their outstanding contributions to free enterprise and the promise of a better, stronger society.
Joining Maggie L. Walker as this year's inductees in the Hall of Fame are Glen W. Bell, Founder, Taco Bell Corporation, Henry W. Bloch, Co-Founder and Honorary Chairman, H & R Block, Inc., Mike Curb, Chairman, Curb Records and David Hall McConnell (1858-1937), Founder, Avon Products, Inc.
These five honorees join a distinguished group of 195 men and women who have been inducted into the National Business Hall of Fame over the past 25 years. Historical laureates molded our free enterprise system while contemporary honorees continue to reshape and improve the manner in which American businesses operate.
A special committee consisting of executives from Fortune 1000 companies, past laureates, and other eminent businesspeople chose the 2001 inductees. Johnny Mickens IV of Richmond, 9-year-old great-great-grandson of Mrs. Walker accepted the award, along with his father, Johnny Mickens III, at a black tie induction ceremony held at Symphony Hall in Boston. The induction ceremony will be televised by CNBC in a special program in May and will be hosted by the co-anchor of "Business Center", Ron Insana.
The family has generously offered to donate the award for display at the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site. Stay tuned.