- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Richmond officials have authorized a statute of Maggie L. Walker, the first black woman to charter a bank in the United States.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1NF77Zy ) that Mayor Dwight C. Jones and the city’s public art commission announced the plans Tuesday.

The statue will be part of a planned plaza and meeting space at a downtown intersection. The commission selected D.C.-area artist Antonio Tobias “Toby” Mendez for the project. His portfolio includes monuments to Ghandi and Thurgood Marshall.

Walker was a prominent businesswoman and community leader in Richmond who lived from 1864 to 1934.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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