Maggie L. Walker, the first female bank president of any race to charter a bank in the United States, is getting her long-deserved recognition with her very own statue in Richmond. An unveiling ceremony and celebration for the highly debated monument will occur on Walker’s 153rd birthday, Saturday, July 15, at 10 am, at the intersection of West Broad and Adams streets, the entrance of historic Jackson Ward.
Artist Antonio Tobias “Toby” Mendez, Mayor Levar Stoney, city officials, members of the Walker family, and more attend the ceremony. Walking tours of Jackson Ward by the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, led by Leadership Academy students, will begin at 11am from the statue, followed by a reception at the house.
Photo credit: National Park Service
After the unveiling, attendees are encouraged to make a day around the neighborhood. Free trolley rides will be provided by Venture Richmond from RVA Trolley from Leigh to Belvidere to Marshall to 10th for the event. Many local business are participating in the event, offering giveaways, discounts, and more.
Studio Two Three will have the S23 truck on site with giveaways. The Valentine will offer free admission to those who show an event program. The Black History Museum & Cultural Center will offer cookies and special Maggie L. Walker displays. Max’s on Broad will open early at 8am for the event. Bistro 27 will offer 10 percent off that day to those attending the event, and will be open for brunch starting at 10:30am and dinner at 5pm.
Attendees are also encouraged to stop by Virginia Repertory Theatre to learn about the Walker Theatre, the first purpose built cinema in the area and the first public tribute to Maggie L. Walker in 1936.
To learn more about Walker’s accomplishments, call the number listed on any of Untold RVA installations located between Adams and 2nd which will be up for the unveiling.
The unveiling ceremony and following activities will occur rain or shine.