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Richmond: A Tour of the Maggie Walker House and Cruise of the Canals
New!

Friday, June 1, 2018 - $80
 
Includes round-trip passage, lunch and cruise
 
You may be unfamiliar with Maggie Lena Walker, but she devoted her life to civil rights advancement, economic empowerment, and educational opportunities for Jim Crow-era African Americans and women. Despite many adversities, Walker achieved success in the world of business and finance as the first woman in the United States to found and serve as president of a bank. As a bank president, newspaper editor, and fraternal leader, Walker served as an inspiration of pride and progress.
 
In the morning, OLLI travelers will first tour Maggie Walker’s 30-year residence in Richmond’s Jackson Ward. The Maggie Walker House is now a national historic site, preserved as a tribute to Walker’s enduring legacy of vision, courage, and determination.  The house is restored to its 1930’s appearance with original Walker family pieces.
 
Following the tour, we’ll have lunch at Max’s, which not only has great food, but also a view of the new 10-foot bronze statue of a 45-year-old Walker standing tall and surrounded by inscriptions tracing the life of the woman who, early on, helped her mother, a former slave, by delivering clothes as a laundress.
 
After dessert at Max’s, we’ll go to Shockoe Slip and board a covered Riverfront Canal Cruise boat for a historically narrated water tour along Richmond’s Canal Walk. George Washington first started Richmond’s canal system in 1789 after he lobbied the General Assembly to proceed with a canal and turnpike system that would connect the harbors of the east to trade and market opportunities all the way to the Rocky Mountains. During the cruise, we’ll view Richmond highways and the Triple Crossing from a very different perspective. Maybe we’ll spot a Great Blue Heron, too?
 
Bus Departures and Returns:
 
Staunton
Walmart Parking Lot
Depart: 7:30 a.m. / Return: 5:30 p.m.
 
Charlottesville
Seminole Square Shopping Center
Depart: 8:30 a.m. / Return: 4:30 p.m.
 

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Cost Location Available
T11 Grace Giras June 1 Fr See Outing Information $80.00 WL

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