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Villa Lewaro Named a National Treasure

We are thrilled to announce that Villa Lewaro, Madam C. J. Walker’s Irvington, New York estate, has been named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Many thanks to Brent Leggs, to Harold and Helena Doley (the … Continue reading

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Madam Walker and the Doctors Dumas of Natchez

Combine clues in a faded letter from November 1916 with the algorithms of Facebook and the distance across the decades evaporates. Finding descendants and relatives of people who knew my great-great-grandmother, Madam C. J. Walker, and her daughter, A’Lelia Walker, … Continue reading

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Lyric Tenor Roland Hayes’s January 1924 Chicago Performance

I learned to read music on a Chickering baby grand piano that had belonged to my great-grandmother, A’Lelia Walker, but it really was my mother, A’Lelia Mae Perry Bundles, and my grandmother, Mae Walker Perry, who had musical¬†talent. As the … Continue reading

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1945 Madam Walker Annual Yearbook

This afternoon as I was looking through my files I came across this 1945 Madam Walker Annual Yearbook. Each year the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company published an almanac with information for its thousands of sales agents.¬† 1945 Walker … Continue reading

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