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Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site

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Address: 110 1/2 E Leigh St, Richmond, VA 23219-1308
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The remarkable life and achievements of this famous early 1900s...

The remarkable life and achievements of this famous early 1900s African-American entrepreneur, first woman bank president in the U.S. and social activist are celebrated here with artifacts, photographs and memorabilia.

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And she persisted

A hard working woman of vision. Her family made sure to protect her house so they could protect her legacy. There is a well made movie. Mrs Walker introduced some great ideas for... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Deborah C
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Lynchburg
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Lynchburg
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A hard working woman of vision. Her family made sure to protect her house so they could protect her legacy. There is a well made movie. Mrs Walker introduced some great ideas for the time into her home. She established institutions that were meant to serve and support the African Am community. Well worth the visit.

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Thank Deborah C
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

My kids and I loved this National Historical Site. The site itself is very well done, with exhibits in the entrance area and a short film. My kids wanted to do the Junior Ranger book, so they watched the film and filled out some of the book. Then Ranger Rogers gave a fantastic tour of the house. We all learned... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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60 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

I grew up in Richmond and now play tourist. This is such a great site. Our guide, Mark, park ranger, was amazing. My teenagers were even interested. It's free. Donations appreciated. Easy street parking.

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Thank Kirsy1
Exeter, New Hampshire
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139 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Mrs. Walker was a Civil Rights leader of and ahead of her time. She believed in education, and the power of the dollar to make changes. Among the latter were the opening of a store for blacks in the white shopping area;a boycott of the Richmond troll company;and a bank for blacks. The locally made video is a great introduction... More 

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Massachusetts
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43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

This is one of my favorite small NPS sites. I happened to be the only visitor at the time that I arrived and was given a private tour by NPS Ranger Ben. Since the family preserved and donated all of the furniture with the home, everything really does tell a story, many many stories. As we moved through the rooms,... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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377 reviews
144 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Others have already explained the prominence of Maggie Walker and her importance in American history. I'll focus on some logistical items instead. First - go! Really great information and visuals. The rangers do a good job of spinning stories about Maggie, her family and her community. Second - it's free! Free parking, free movie, free house tour. Curbside parking is... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Maggie Walker was the first black woman to open a bank in the US. She started a department store where blacks could try on clothes (unlike the white owned stores that did not allow it.). Her political views were shared in a newspaper she ran. Ninety percent of the home is furnished with her original pieces. You will enjoy visit... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,617 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

Showcases the life of this great woman and successful entrepreneur who succeeded despite being born into slavery and living through segregation. Run by the National Parliament Service. Open Monday to Saturday

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1 Thank Chinapjs
Salisbury, North Carolina
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63 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

I decided to visit the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site while returning from Jamestown and considering going to Richmond National Battlefield. The site is a very nice place to visit, however, I initially missed seeing the sign advertising the location and went around the block again. Parking is somewhat limited in the area, but found a spot. I didn't... More 

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Gaithersburg, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017

Maggie was a truely remarkable female who was a pioneer for woman. The movie about her life is a must then take the house tour.

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