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Maggie Lena Walker

Maggie Lena Walker (July 15, 1864 – December 15, 1934) was born in Richmond, Virginia. She was an African-American businesswoman and teacher. In 1903, Walker became both the first African American woman to charter a bank and the first African American woman to serve as a bank president. As a leader, Walker achieved successes with the vision to make tangible improvements in the way of life for African Americans. Disabled by paralysis and a wheelchair user later in life, Walker also became an example for people with disabilities. In 2020, Walker was one of eight women featured in "The Only One in the Room" display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.