Before terms like financial planning and financial literacy were common, there were Black women who knew that a key to being free was being financially free. Join us for a book signing and panel discussion on the history of Black women in finance.The career of Richmond’s legendary banker Maggie L.Walker will be featured heavily in the discussion which will be led by Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi along with Ajena Rogers, Supervisory Park Ranger at Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site and Elvatrice Belsches, an historian and author of Black America Series: Richmond, Virginia. Claudrena Harold, an Associate Professor of History at UVA will be the moderator.

Dr. Garrett-Scott is an historian of gender, race, and capitalism. Her book,  Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal (Columbia University Press, 2019), is the first full-length history of finance capitalism that centers on Black women and the banking institutions and networks they built from the eve of the Civil War to the Great Depression. 

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