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Maggie Walker Day of Service

 


 

 

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Volunteers will come together on this day to serve (Saturday, July 16, 2022 from 9-11 AM), honoring the life and legacy of one of Richmond’s greatest citizens, Maggie Walker, by volunteering to beautify the Jackson Ward community by picking up trash and enhancing community gardens. 

  1. Historic Jackson Ward Trash Cleanup - Ten (10) volunteers will pick up litter on the sidewalks, curb gutters, and open spaces. (Walk north from the Maggie Walker House toward the St. Luke Building)
  2. Historic Jackson Ward Trash Cleanup - Ten (10) volunteers will pick up litter on the sidewalks, curb gutters, and open spaces. (Walk west from the Maggie Walker House toward the Black History Museum)
  3. Charles S. Gilpin Community Farm - Fifteen (15) volunteers will build a spiral garden bed, which includes moving stones, removing weds, transferring soil in a wheel barrow, planting and watering.
    * Wear closed-toed shoes, bring a water bottle, hat and sunscreen. Gloves and garden tools will be provided.
    * The garden is located at 1420 St Peter St., RVA 23219; parking on the street.
  4. Sixth Mt. Zion Baptist Church - Fifteen (15) volunteers will (1) weed, mulch and place straw in  garden beds to prepare them for fall planting, (2) weed, mulch and prune fruit trees, and (3) weed along pathways.
    * Tasks 1 and 2 include transferring mulch and straw in wheelbarrows and watering.
    * Wear closed-toed shoes, bring a water bottle, hat and sunscreen. Gloves and garden tools will be provided.
    * Church location: 14 W. Duvall St., RVA 23220]

Note: Volunteers will first gather in the courtyard of the Maggie Walker House (600 N. 2nd Street) at 9 a.m., be welcomed, and then disperse to service sites.

Maggie Lena Walker, born July 15, 1864, is a Richmond she-ro: an African American civic leader, owner and operator of a Broad Street department store, The St. Luke Emporium, and publisher of the St. Luke Herald newspaper. Decades before the Civil Rights Movement, Maggie L. Walker organized a boycott of the segregated Richmond streetcar system by the Black community to raise the issue of the unfair treatment of Black residents who were customers aboard the Richmond streetcars. Famously, Mrs. Walker was the first African American woman in the United States to found a bank. Her St. Luke Penny Savings Bank was an early 20th Century symbol of the strength of the Jackson Ward community, a neighborhood with Black businesses, churches, and schools that flourished in spite of Jim Crow laws. Maggie Walker's belief in the power of mutual support and solidarity, and her steadfast advocacy for African American women to achieve economic independence still informs Richmond's leaders today.

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Age Minimum (with Adult): 10+, Minimum Age:16+, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed

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