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A’Lelia Walker’s Sterling Silver Flask

Now that I’m into the serious writing phase of my new biography of A’Lelia Walker (1885-1931), my great-grandmother and the only daughter of entrepreneur and philanthropist Madam C. J. Walker, I’ll be posting more stories about the discoveries I’ve been … Continue reading

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Berenice Abbott’s 1930 Photographs of A’Lelia Walker

A’Lelia Walker–charismatic, statuesque and stylish–posed for many of the most noted Harlem Renaissance photographers and sculptors, including Richmond Barthe, Augusta Savage, James Van Der Zee, James Latimer Allen and R. E. Mercer. She also sat for Greenwich Village resident, Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), … 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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Family Photos and Serendipity

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, … Continue reading

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A’Lelia Walker’s Paisley Coat featured in “Notorious and Notable Women”

In 2010 the Museum of the City of New York included the late 1920s beaded paisley coat of A’Lelia Walker, Madam C. J. Walker’s daughter, with the clothing of other iconic New York women in its “Notorious and Notable Women” … Continue reading

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Childhood Memories

As a little girl, I remember being mesmerized by a tall, green Chinese lacquer secretary that stood in the entryway of my grandfather’s apartment. Tucked inside its handpainted drawers were tiny treasures–letters, keys, stamps and coins from foreign countries–that had belonged … Continue reading

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Madam Walker Doll Collection

  Through the years, I’ve collected several Madam Walker dolls. Some truly are works of art created by some of America’s premiere dollmakers. I especially love the hats and the furs. You can tell they’re made with love.

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