Maggie Lena Walker


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  • Childhood
  • Teacher
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  • The Saint Luke Penny Savings Bank
  • Maggie Lena Mitchell was born on July 15, 1864, in Richmond, Virginia. Her mother was Elizabeth Draper Mitchell, who was a former slave and cook for Elizabeth Van Lew in the Church Hill Mansion. Her brother, Johnnie Mitchell was born in 1870, when Maggie was 6 years old.
  • Education
  • After Maggie Lena Walker graduated from the Richmond Colored Normal School, she went on to work as a 3rd grade teacher at the Lancaster School. She also married her husband, Armstead Walker Jr., at around that time.
  • Order of St. Luke
  • Order of St. Luke
  • In November 1903, Maggie Lena Walker opened the Saint Luke Penny Savings Bank. Her purpose was to get women to be independent and earn their own money. It also helped increase the black home ownership and made Maggie the first female/black female bank owner.
  • Death
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Maggie Lena Walker attended the Lancaster school and the Richmond In her teens, Maggie attended the Lancaster School and the Richmond Colored Normal School, which she graduated from in 1883. Both schools were African-American only.
  • In 1881, Maggie had joined the Order of St. Luke, which was a society that helped insure the lives and burials of African-Americans and women. She was named Right Worthy Grand Secretary in 1899, when the organization went bankrupt, and held that position for the rest of her life.
  • On December 15, 1934, Maggie Lena Walker died of diabetic gangrene when she was 60 years old. She had struggled with it for years, and was confined to a wheelchair later in life.
  • 1864-1934
  • Maggie Lena Walker
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