Mr. Hughes Tribute

July 8, 1905


The Planet describes the Penny Savings Bank of the St. Luke Order, praising Maggie Walker’s “efforts that give the organization its present financial standing.”


While, as a rule, Richmond Negroes are fond of dress and fashion, yet they feel that in order to be respected, all other requisites being acquired, they must accumulate property and a bank account, and to encourage the accumulate spirit, four banks have been established by Negroes within the past twenty years and are doing thriving business. The St. Lukes, perhaps, the most aggressive seeker after public patronage and favor have put in operation a Penny Savings Bank with Mrs. Maggie L. Walker as president and Mr. Emmett C. Burk, formerly of the Reformers’ Bank, as cashier. The St. Lukes are forging their way to the front. They have bought and put into successful operation a millinery store on Broad street. Much credit is due Mrs. Walker, for it is her efforts that give the organization its present financial standing.
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