The Independent Order Of Saint Luke was an African-American fraternal order and life insurance company. In the Jim-Crow era, it was common for white owned insurance companies to refuse to serve African Americans, making the services of the IOSL a necessity.
Maggie L. Walker took over the Independent Order of Saint Luke in 1899, a crucial time for African-Americans. In 1902, she expanded the organization to include St. Luke Penny Savings Bank—making her the first African American woman to charter a bank in America!
This button regalia is a reproduction of the kind that Maggie L. Walker and the rest of IOSL's Right Worthy Grand Council would have issued. The regalia features a picture of Maggie L. Walker next to the words Our Inspiration. The regalia features various symbols of the order, such as an eye meant to symbolize the watching eye of God, the Red Cross, and two hands shaking, meant to symbolize the mutual benefits of cooperation. A purple and gold tassel is also included.
Celebrate Maggie L. Walker, an amazing leader for African Americans and women alike with this unique button. When people ask you about its significance, they'll know you value the often overlooked history of African-Americans and women in America!
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