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Large collection of African American historic documents donated to USNPS

A large, private collection of century-old documents from the desk of Civil Rights icon Maggie Lena Walker is now public, thanks to a generous donation from Margaret Stallings and family. The Stallings’ gift includes elements of Walker’s personal and professional correspondence as well as institutional records generated by the predominantly female office staff of Walker’s Black fraternal organization, the Independent Order of St. Luke.

Spanning 40 linear feet, the tens of thousands of records in this trove nearly double Maggie Walker’s known written legacy. The counterparts to this collection have already been protected and preserved in the archives of the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, where they have fueled public scholarship over the past four decades.

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