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Maggie Lena Walker: Businesswoman and Philanthropist

By December 31, 2012

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Maggie Lena Walker blazed trails not just for African-Americans, but women as well.

As the head of the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank, Walker was the first woman--black or white--to direct a bank.

But that's not all. Walker was the owner of a newspaper St. Luke Herald and organized African-Americans in the Richmond community so that they could be self-sufficient.

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