Civil Rights Advocate Maggie Walker Honored in Richmond

Jul 13, 2017

Maggie Walker
Credit historical photo

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Richmond is preparing to unveil its monument honoring African American civil rights advocate Maggie Walker.

Members of Walker's family, city officials and others are expected to attend the unveiling of the statue in Richmond's Jackson Ward neighborhood on Saturday. The event is being held on what would be Walker's 153rd birthday.

Walker was the first woman to charter a bank in the U.S.

The monument has been placed at the intersection of East Broad and Adams Streets. It's near Walker's former home, now a National Historic Site, and the bank she founded in 1903.

Mayor Levar Stoney says the effort to build a monument to Walker has in the works for nearly 20 years.

The monument's artist, Antonio "Toby" Mendez, is also expected to attend Saturday's ceremony.