Racial Unrest after the Civil War

Program Information

Program: Our Inspiration: The Story of Maggie Lena Walker
Segment Number: 4 (Watch entire program)
Duration: 00:03:54
Year Produced: 1998

Virginia was still reeling emotionally from the Civil War during Maggie Walker's early years. As a result, policy and laws are enacted are put in place to separate the races. This did not stop African-Americans from creating opportunity for themselves.

Maggie Lena Walker was the the CEO of a fraternal beneficial society as well as the first woman to establish and head a chartered American bank. In a time when society sought to limit opportunities for African-Americans through segregation and Jim Crow laws, Mrs. Walker achieved remarkable success in business and philanthropy.

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