Tag Archives: Madam Walker

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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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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June 6, 2011: Happy Birthday A’Lelia Walker!

My great-grandmother and namesake, A’Lelia Walker (1885-1931), loved getting flowers on her birthday! Orchids. Dahlias. Gladiolas. Roses. She had everything else–houses, diamonds, furs, cars–plus great friends, a gregarious spirit and a love of life. Well, almost everything, but you’ll have … 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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