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After marrying Armstead Walker Jr. in 1886, her husband, a brick contractor, earned a high enough salary that allowed Walker to raise their two sons and tend to Order affairs. However, Walker’s husband was tragically killed in 1915 by their son Russell after he mistook his father for an intruder. Though the tragedy inspired Walker to work harder on behalf of the Order, she developed diabetes and her health declined.

Near the end of her life, though Walker was unable to walk as her diabetes worsened, she remained an advocate for equal rights for women.

Walker died in 1934 at the age of 70. Her Richmond home was named a National Historic Site in the ’70’s and was made into a museum in 1985.

(Photo: National Park Service)

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