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Maggie Walker Statue Could Soon Be Built in Richmond

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After years of discussion, a statue honoring Maggie Walker, the nation's first African-American woman bank owner could soon go up in the city of Richmond. After years of discussion, a statue honoring Maggie Walker, the nation's first African-American woman bank owner could soon go up in the city of Richmond.
RICHMOND (WRIC) - After years of discussion, a statue honoring Maggie Walker, the nation's first African-American woman bank owner could soon go up in the city of Richmond.

City resident Melvin Jones Jr. has been pushing to get the statue for over five years.

"Everything I'm getting from the public is support," he says.  "Ms. Walker was a real entrepreneur for everybody - for women of color and for anybody,"

Walker ran her bank at First and Marshall Streets and also maintained a business on Broad Street. Because of her legacy, Jones believes she deserves a memorial.

"I've got a lot of support from church and other organizations," Jones says.

Mayor Dwight Jones has promised money to fund the project.  The City Council has also agreed that a statue should go up and now state lawmakers are pushing for it.

"Delegate [Jennifer] McClellan is stating she's in favor of a statue being built here," Jones says.

Melvin Jones is now working with the city's Art Commission to determine where the statue should go.

One possibility is at Abner Clay Park.  The other option is at Adams, Brook and Broad Streets.

"This is the heart of Jackson Ward where Maggie Walker lived and where she worked and shopped," Jones says.

Public hearings will soon be held on the project.  Then, finally, Jones can enjoy a Maggie Walker statue in her hometown.

"It's been a treat to do this type of project," he says. He hopes that ground will be broken on the project by the end of the year.

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