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Mon Jul 24, 2017, 11:17 AM

The first woman to start a bank a black woman finally gets her due in the Confederacys capital

Maggie L. Walker started a newspaper. She was the first country’s first woman to found a bank. She was a humanitarian, a teacher, an icon of her community in 1920s Richmond.

She was also the daughter of a former slave.

Walker’s accomplishments in the face of racial oppression and segregation have never been honored in her hometown in the same way as the Confederate leaders whose statues are the focal point of downtown Richmond.

But on Saturday, 153 years to the day she was born in the former capital of the Confederacy, Walker will get her own monument, a towering statue of her as she lived — her glasses pinned to her lapel, a checkbook in hand.


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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/07/14/the-first-black-woman-to-start-a-bank-finally-gets-her-due-in-the-confederacys-capital/?utm_term=.a900c0c676f7&wpisrc=nl_optimist&wpmm=1

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Mon Jul 24, 2017, 11:21 AM

1. It's about damn time

She goes have the Governor's School high school named after her (the super achievers from around the area) and she was part of what was called "Black Wall Street" back in the day. 2nd street in Richmond.

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson has had a monument in the same general area - Jackson Ward - for a while now.

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Mon Jul 24, 2017, 11:52 AM

2. Agreed, it's about damn time. n/t

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