On this first “mini” episode, There is a quick discussion on some of the things in RVA history that happened in July and August throughout the years from the #OTDinRVA from social media.
On this Episode of History Replays Today, Ajena Cason Rogers, The Supervisory Park Ranger at the Maggie L Walker National Historic Site discusses the life of Maggie Walker.
Walker is best know as the first black woman to charter a bank in the US,* but she is much more than that. Her mother was a former enslaved woman and her father was a Confederate yet she becomes a nationally know figure who rocked the boat of Jim Crow and pushed her community forward.
Visit the Maggie L Walker National Historic Site in Historic Jackson Ward at 600 N Second St.
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*From the Corrections Desk- this was updated from “as the first woman to charter a bank in the US and the first black woman to be president of a bank in the US” on 1/3/15
Ben Anderson, Park Guide for the National Park Service has done intensive research on Richmond’s most famous historic black theater, the Hippodrome. Anderson has a conversation with host Jeff Majer, about the theater in Jackson Ward. The theater is celebrating its 100th birthday and the conversation covers almost all 100 years.
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