Maggie Lena Walker, about 1920
Maggie Lena Walker, 1864-1934
In 1903 Maggie Lena Walker did the unimaginable: she created a bank and hired Black women to run it. Living in the segregated South, Walker started St. Luke Penny Savings Bank and dedicated her life to African American advancement. As the only Black woman bank president in the nation, she advocated for Black working women and girls by creating jobs, funding educational institutions, and participating in prominent civil rights organizations.