On Saturday, July 14, the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site and the city of Richmond invite the public to celebrate the life and legacy of Maggie L. Walker and the Jackson Ward community in which she lived. In honor of the 154th anniversary of Mrs. Walker’s birthday, public events will be held at the historic site and in the area of the Maggie Walker statue. These events will feature a variety of activities to include a community engagement fair, open-house tours, special program, children’s activities, entertainment, and refreshments.
The national historic site will host a special event on July 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. with the site’s Common Good Fair, which features children’s activities and community engagement groups highlighting ways individuals can take action and make a difference in the community. A recognition ceremony honoring the Maggie L. Walker Summer Youth Leadership Institute Class of 2018 will be held at 11:30 a.m., followed by light refreshments and music. Open-house tours of the Maggie Walker home will be available before and after the ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.
The city of Richmond’s celebration event is from noon to 4 p.m. at the intersection of Broad Street and North Adams Street, site of the Maggie Walker statue. This event features remarks from public officials, Maggie Walker’s family, and Maggie Walker school alumni at 1 p.m., entertainment by Glennroy Bailey, youth boxing exhibition, inflatables, refreshments and much more.
Event speakers include Faith Elizabeth Walker Mickens, Maggie Walker’s great-great-granddaughter; Mayor Levar Stoney; Andrea DeKoter, Acting Superintendent, Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site; Shirley Gault, president National Maggie L. Walker Alumni Association; and Melvin Jones, Maggie Walker High School alumni and project advocate.
Both of the July 14 events are free to the public. A shuttle bus will be available for transportation between each event location.
The first African American woman to charter a bank and serve as its president, Mrs. Walker dedicated herself to a life of civic engagement, challenging racial discrimination and gender bias. Her story of leadership and self-determination continues to resonate with and inspire people around the world.
For more information about the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, please call the visitor center at (804) 771-2017 x 0.
For more information on the city of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities call (804) 646-5733.