A’Lelia Walker’s Grand Harlem Funeral: August 1931

A'Lelia Walker wearing her favorite Chinese amber prayer beads (Madam Walker Family Archives/www.aleliabundles.com)

After a day of champagne, lobster and laughter with friends, A’Lelia Walker–my great-grandmother and daughter of entrepreneur, Madam C. J. Walker–died in a cottage near the beach in Long Branch, New Jersey. Her funeral–with music, poetry and great oratory–was as grand as her Harlem Renaissance era parties.

Hope you’ll enjoy my essay, “A’Lelia Walker’s Grand Harlem Funeral.”

A'Lelia Walker's funeral in Harlem August 1931 (Madam Walker Family Archives/aleliabundles.com)


About A'Lelia Bundles

A'Lelia Bundles is an author, journalist, public speaker and president of the Madam Walker/A'Lelia Walker Family Archives. Her book, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker, was a NY Times Notable Book. For more information visit www.aleliabundles.com
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2 Responses to A’Lelia Walker’s Grand Harlem Funeral: August 1931

  1. crystal says:

    there was a saddness in her eyes

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