Saint Luke Penny Savings Bank
Original Author: The Browns photo studio, Richmond
Created: Early twentieth century
Medium: Mounted photographic print
Publisher: Valentine Richmond History Center

Saint Luke Penny Savings Bank

Maggie Lena Walker, founder of the Saint Luke Penny Savings Bank, in Richmond, stands behind the teller's cage with bank cashier Emmett C. Burke and her son Russell Walker. A sign above them announces that the bank is insured against burglary by the United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company of Baltimore, Maryland. Another sign to the right advertises safe deposit boxes for rent. Inside the teller's cage, a notice advises customers that a notary public "with seal" is available. A portrait of Walker hangs on the wall at upper left.

This photograph was taken in the early twentieth century by The Browns studio in Richmond, which chronicled the city's black community for several generations.

Citation: Witherspoon Collection, Valentine Richmond History Center