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Christian and I made the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site the first stop on our tour of Jackson Ward. It was the residence of the businesswoman and her family from 1904 to 1934. She started out as a teacher and opened up the first bank for the black community. The house, built in 1883 and expanded several times to its present 25 rooms, along with several adjacent buildings on Leigh and 2nd streets, is maintained by the National Park Service. It has been restored to its 1930s appearance and is furnished with Walker family pieces. It was state-of-the art for the time. In her later years, Maggie Walker was confined to a wheelchair due to diabetes and had to have a lift installed in the rear of the house. A park ranger gives a tour of the residence, and his knowledge of the area is that of a native Richmonder. Before the tour begins, there is a film that explains the life of Maggie Walker. Nine months later, Mark and I came here and we were guided by the same ranger as before.

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Address: 110-1/2 E. Leigh St., Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 771-2017
Website: http://www.nps.gov/malw/home.htm

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  • Updated Jun 13, 2007
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