While it was first proposed in 2010, the city's public art commission announced today that a monument commemorating Maggie L. Walker will be integrated into a new plaza on Broad St. at North Adams in the city's arts district.
The commission selected DC-based artist Antonio Tobias “Toby” Mendez to create the sculpture, which will stand within walking distance of Walker's original home and bank. Walker devoted her life to civil rights advancement and was the first woman of any race to found a bank.
Other works Mendez has done include sculptures of Gandi, Thurgood Marshall and others that you can check out here in his online portfolio.
“Not only will Richmond gain an important new monument that can reflect the diverse heritage and history of a significant local hero, but this effort will also underscore her role as a champion for civil rights on the national landscape,” said Mayor Jones in a press release. “Maggie Walker was a revolutionary leader in business, a champion for breaking down barriers between communities and showed incredible strength as a person that came out of extraordinarily challenging circumstances to create great things.”
Site work on the new plaza begins this fall. The release notes that "the new monument, targeted for completion in the fall of 2016, will serve as a gateway to the historic Jackson Ward community and the new home of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia at the historic Leigh Street Armory."