Monday, April 7, 2014

Mme. C.J. Walker
Watching the American Antiques Road Show:  A woman brought in a blue covered text book for hairdressers by Mme.C.J. Walker.
My husband was a fountain of memories of famous musicians and other fascinating people he knew in the early 1900's and into the 1950's in New York City where he was born. 
Cliff told me about Mme. Walker. She had a hair salon for Negro people in Harlem. Back then, Caucasian and other hairdressers refused to cut Negro hair, so this was really special.
Madam C.J. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove on a cotton plantation to former slaves in Delta, Louisiana. She was an orphan by age seven. But she was so tough, so determined that she overcame the many obstacles of being Negro, being poor and being a woman at the beginning of the 20th century in America. 
Moving to New York, to Harlem, Mme. Walker was so enterprising, she became  the first self-made woman millionaire in America.
Mme. Walker's first edition text book for Negro hairdressers was evaluated by the Antiques Road Show expert at $10,000.
Mme. Walker's tin of hair pomade
I still have a tin of Cliff's hair pomade.
Not Mme. Walker's, however.

Madam CJ Walker | Official Madam C. J. Walker Biography 

Madam C.J. Walker - National Women's History Museum

Madam Walker, the First Black American Woman to Be a Self-Made millionaire

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