Ceremony honors Maggie Walker on her 155th birthday

Ceremony honors Maggie Walker on her 155th birthday
The Maggie Walker Monument in downtown Richmond. (Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Maggie Walker was born July 15, 1864 in Richmond, and she was honored in recognition of her 155th birthday.

A ceremony happened Saturday, July 13 at 10 a.m. to remember the life of the woman who founded St. Luke Penny Savings Bank and likely became the first female bank president in U.S. history.

That bank is still in operation today under the name Consolidated Bank and Trust and is the oldest continually operating African American bank.

The free ceremony began at Walker’s statue at the corner of Broad Street and Adams Street in downtown Richmond.

To learn more about Virginia’s history, check out “How We Got Here,” a podcast produced by NBC12. All six episodes of Season 1 are available to stream now. Season 2 will be out in November.

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