Maggie Walker home restored

By Curt Autry - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Visitors to Maggie L. Walker house in Richmond will notice something very different about the historic home. The house reopened today - so professional movers could return restore its look back to the era of the 1920's.

For those that don't know - Maggie Walker was the first African American woman bank president. She was the first woman to charter a bank in the United States. And as a banker - she's credited with making tangible improvements in the way of life for African Americans and woman.

Her home has been on the national historic registry since the mid-70's, it opened to the public in the mind 80's, and just now, some original furniture that has been in storage for the better part of 30 years, has been restored and returned to the house.

This plan has been in the making for at least ten years. The National Park Service has taken painstaking detail to make sure each piece is in the right room - and that the house holds true to its original furnishing from the 1920's.

"The pieces that had been in storage have been treated, curated - and are ready to be brought back in, so they can put them on display for our visitors," said Mike Andrus, National Parks Service.

The parks service scoured hundreds of photographs - and even did interviews with Maggie Walker's grand-children, to determine where each piece belonged.

The house is open to the public Monday thru Saturday from 9am until 5pm.

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