- Richmond VA City Council, Planning Commission, Public Art Commission
- United States of America
MAGGIE L. WALKER MUST STAND PROUD IN HER GLORY - WITHOUT A TREE!
Maggie L. Walker devoted her life to civil rights advancement, economic empowerment & educational opportunities for Jim Crow-era African Americans and women. As a bank president, newspaper editor, community organizer and leader, and co-founder of the Richmond NAACP, her legacy has always served as an inspiration of pride. She exemplifies the cultural heritage and values of Jackson Ward's distinguished African American community: dignity, perseverance, resilience, self-determination, and collective action.
Her grace & valor stand high among notable black Richmonders of her era: John Mitchell, Jr., Rosa Dixon Bowser, Giles Jackson, Dr. Sarah Jones, W.W. Browne, W.M.T. Forrester, Dr. Zenobia Gilpin, Benjamin A. Graves, Albert V. Norrell, and all who represented service above self, courage under fire, racial uplift and pride during the segregated Jim Crow era in Richmond.
As a gateway to Jackson Ward, the site at Adams, Broad and Brook Road provides an ideal plaza for her statue. The tree must be removed to provide a 360 degree lighted presentation and to ensure and sustain the statue from potential underground damage.
Her representation must not be overshadowed by a tree. She was an ardent supporter of the anti-lynching movement. She must not be located under a tree like “strange fruit.”
To place Mrs. Walker’s likeness under a tree is an insult to women, the black community, the banking community and all people who have a sense of fairness. Allow engineers, designers, and the artist to do their best work to represent Maggie L. Walker in full glory - without a tree!
HELP SUPPORT THE STATUE OF MAGGIE L. WALKER IN HER FULL GLORY!
➜ Sign the petition “Support Maggie Walker without a tree” or on-line at:
➜ Write to City Council & Mayor to support a CLEARED SITE WITHOUT A TREE.
➜ Attend Public Art Commission meeting TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm at the Richmond Public Library Main branch - 101 East Franklin Street, Richmond VA 23219. Voice your support for a CLEARED SITE WITHOUT A TREE.
DON’T LYNCH THE LEGACY OF MAGGIE L. WALKER UNDER A TREE!
We, the undersigned, call on the Richmond City Council, Planning Commission and Public Art Commission to support a cleared site - without the current tree at Brook Road, Adams & Broad Streets - to honor & uphold the dignity & glory of Maggie L. Walker.
We call on your support for Maggie L. Walker's statue as the centerpiece that shines light for the gateway to Jackson Ward, honoring its cultural heritage and legacy.
DO NOT LYNCH THE LEGACY OF MAGGIE WALKER UNDER A TREE!
The Support Maggie Walker without a tree petition to Richmond VA City Council, Planning Commission, Public Art Commission was written by GLORY4MLW and is in the category Local Government at GoPetition.