Maggie Lena Walker (1864-1934), born Maggie Mitchell, daughter of a former slave, became a pioneering black businesswoman and civic leader dedicated to improving the fortune of black citizens in Richmond and elsewhere. Mrs. Walker's place in American history was secured in 1903 when she became the nation's first woman to establish and head a bank, the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank. Mrs. Walker's elegant town house on Leigh Street, in the heart of the Jackson Ward Historic District, is maintained as a museum by the National Park Service. The house was acquired by Mrs. Walker in 1904 and remained her home until her death.
Ms. Elvatrice Belsches has documented that Maggie Lena Walker was born in 1864, not 1867, as previously believed.
The Italianate style dwelling was erected in the 1880's.
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110 East Leigh Street