In spite of humble beginnings in post-Civil War Richmond, Virginia, Maggie Lena Walker achieved national prominence as a businesswoman and community leader. Her business acumen, personality, and lifelong commitment to a beneficial burial society fueled her climb to success. As a leader, her successes and vision offered tangible improvements in the way of life for African Americans and women. Walker's residence of 30 years has been restored to its 1930s appearance. The furnishings throughout the home are original family pieces. Through exhibits and guided tours, visitors can experience the life of this great African American woman, who was born during slavery and achieved success despite segregation and the limited opportunities offered to her race.