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Maggie Lena Walker: First Woman Bank President

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Maggie Lena Walker: First Woman Bank President

Maggie Lena Walker: First Woman Bank President

Maggie Lena Walker: First Woman Bank President

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The oldest surviving black-owned bank in the United States celebrates its 100th anniversary on Sunday. The founder of the Consolidated Bank and Trust Company of Richmond, Va., Maggie Lena Walker, was the first woman to serve as president of a U.S. bank. Host Bob Edwards talks with Kim Leathers, research assistant to the late Gertrude Woodruff Marlowe, author of A Right Worthy Grand Mission (Howard University Press). The book chronicles Walker's life.