Walker, C. J., Madam, 1867-1919

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Sarah Breedlove was born in Louisiana. She married, had a daughter, A'Lelia, and was widowed at age 20. She moved to St. Louis, where she experimented with preparations to grow and straighten hair and sold them door-to-door. In 1905 she moved to Denver, where she married newspaper man Charles J. Walker. As her business grew, she opened a Pittsburgh office, then moved to Indianapolis in 1910, setting up a factory and beauty school. The business later expanded to include New York offices, where Walker built a mansion. As her wealth grew, Walker invested heavily in real estate and gave to African American charities. A self-made businesswoman, Walker became a national figure and leader, leaving the legacy of a highly successful business founded by blacks to serve black customers.

From the description of Madam C.J. Walker papers, 1910-1980. (Indiana Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 29251551

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referencedIn Nettie J. Asberry Photograph Collection, ca. 1917-1941 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Asberry, Nettie J., 1865-1968. Nettie J. Asberry photograph collection, ca. 1917-1941 [graphic]. University of Washington Libraries
creatorOf Walker, C. J., Madam, 1867-1919. Madam C.J. Walker papers, 1910-1980. Indiana Historical Society Library
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associatedWith Asberry, Nettie J., 1865-1968. person
associatedWith Bethel A.M.E. Church (Indianapolis, Ind.) corporateBody
associatedWith Bethune, Mary McLeod, 1875-1955 person
associatedWith Breedlove, Anjetta. person
associatedWith Brokenburr, Robert Lee, 1886-1974. person
relativeOf Bundles, A'Lelia Perry person
associatedWith Bundles, A'Lelia Perry. person
associatedWith Bundles, S. Henry. person
associatedWith Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963 person
associatedWith Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938 person
associatedWith Joyner, Marie. person
associatedWith Madam C.J. Walker College of Beauty Culture. corporateBody
founderOf Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Malone, Annie T., 1869-1957 person
memberOf National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. corporateBody
associatedWith National Association of Colored Women's Clubs (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith National Beauty Culturists and Benevolent Association of Madam C.J. Walker Agents, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith National Negro Business League (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Palmer Memorial Institute (Sedalia, N.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Perry, Mae Walker. person
associatedWith Perry, Marion R. person
associatedWith Ransom, Freeman B. (Freeman Bailey), 1882-1974. person
associatedWith Ransom, Willard B. person
associatedWith Reynolds, Violet. person
parentOf Robinson, A'Lelia Walker, 1885-1931. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 person
associatedWith Scott, Emmett J. (Emmett Jay), 1873-1957 person
associatedWith Tandy, Vertner W., 1921-1996 person
associatedWith Tuskegee University corporateBody
associatedWith Walker Building (Indianapolis, Ind.) corporateBody
associatedWith Walker Theatre (Indianapolis, Ind.) corporateBody
associatedWith Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915 person
associatedWith Young Men's Christian Association (Indianapolis, Ind.) corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Irvington-on-Hudson NY US
Delta LA US
Hair preparations industry
African Americans
Beauty culture
African Americans--Vocational education
African American women
African Americans--Societies, etc
Cosmetics industry
African American consumers
African American executives
Hair preparations
Business records
African American business enterprises
African Americans--Social life and customs


Birth 1867-12-23

Death 1919-05-25




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