Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site

Despite humble beginnings in post-Civil War Richmond, Virginia, Maggie L. Walker rose to a top leadership position in the Independent Order of St. Luke, a fraternal burial society. To communicate the mission of this organization better, she founded the St. Luke Herald Newspaper. After convincing her readers of the need to save money, she became the first African American woman to found a bank. Until 2009, the bank she founded, which eventually merged with two other banks, was the oldest continually African American-operated bank in the United States. Learn more about this remarkable lady and the neighborhood she called home by visiting the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site

Start your visit to this site by touring the Italianate house that Maggie L. Walker called home for the last 30 years of her life. Then, see St. Luke Hall, which was headquarters to the Independent Order of St. Luke, which Maggie grew to include more than 190,000 members by the time of her death in 1934. Finally, visit the Maggie L. Walker Memorial Plaza with its statue of this famous leader and its ten benches describing her life and achievements. 

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How To Get To Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site

If you visit Virginia's state capital building, it is easy to get to Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, which is about 1.2 miles away. Start by heading southwest on Bank Street. Then, turn right on North 12th Street. Turn another right on East Matin Street and right on North 9th Street. Turn left on Leigh Street before making another right on North 2nd Street. You are at your destination. 


600 N 2nd Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219

Fee: Entry fee $0

Get inspired to create your destiny while helping others by learning about the life of Maggie L. Walker. Exploring this park is a great way to learn more about her life and values. There are also great attractions and museums to see in Richmond, along with fabulous shopping and dining opportunities. The best way to get around Richmond is in an RV, so bring yours. If you do not have one, rent one soon on RVshare.com.