When it comes to my research about Madam Walker and A’Lelia Walker, I have had many incredibly serendipitous moments. Sometimes the stars align and long lost items seem to find their way back home.
Last fall, out of the blue, I received an email message from a man who had purchased these photos at auction. My best guess is that they’d been left in a dresser that once belonged to my grandmother.
I actually already had most of the photos among items I had inherited from my grandfather in my personal Walker Family Archives. Among them were photos of my grandmother Mae Walker Perry’s wedding photo from her 1923 marriage to Dr. Gordon Jackson, her first husband; A’Lelia Walker seated at her gold-trimmed piano in the music room at Villa
Lewaro; two wonderful 1924 photos of the Walker agents’ convention at Villa Lewaro taken by R. E. Mercer. But the new treasure was a photo of my uncle Walker Perry (nee Walker Gordon Jackson and the son of Mae and Gordon Jackson) as a toddler. Too cute for words.