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Maggie Lena Draper Walker (1864-1934) was born to the formerly enslaved Elizabeth Draper and Eccles Cuthbert, an Irish-American Union soldier. Draper and Cuthbert never married but soon after Maggie's birth, Elizabeth married William Mitchell. In 1870, the Mitchells had a child, Maggie's half-brother Johnnie.

In 1876, Maggie’s stepfather William Mitchell drowned under mysterious circumstances. His death left the family in poverty – an experience that led Walker to devote her life to narrowing the racial gap in Richmond.

Details

  • Title: Maggie Walker
  • Creator: Paul Beneduce
  • Date Created: 1934
  • Location: Richmond, Virginia
  • Provenance: V.48.142, Gift of the Independence Order of St. Luke
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Medium: Plaster, Paint

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