Downtown in Indianapolis in Marion County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Madame C.J. Walker Timeline
Born Sarah Breedlove on December 23 in Delta, Louisiana
Moves to Vicksburg, Mississippi with siser, Louvenia
Marries Moses McWilliams
Gives birth to daughter, Lelia
Widowed when McWilliams dies; moves to St. Louis with daughter
Moves to Denver and develops formula for Wonderful Hair Grower
Marries Charles Joseph Walker and changes name to Madam C.J. Walker
Moves to Pittsburgh and opens Lelia College
Moves to Indianapolis to build factory
Travels throughout United States selling products and speaking to major black organizations; donates $1,000 to Indianapolis' black YMCA; divorces C.J. Walker; becomes grandmother when daughter adops Mae Bryant
Travels to Caribbean and Central America on sales trip
Moves to Harlem in New York CIty
Convenes first annual Madam C.J. Walker Hair Culturalists Union of America Convention; visits to President Woodrow Wilson, urging him to make lynching
At the time of her death, her estate -- including real estate, accumulated assets and company value -- was worth a million dollars.
Contributes large sums to NAACP anti-lynching fund and other causes; die on May 25 at Villa LEwaro
Construction for the Madam C.J. Walker Building is complete and opens December 26
Villa Lewaro designated a National Historic Landmark
Becomes 21st person honored in the USPS Black Heritage series
MWTC opens as a cultural arts center
MWTC designated a National Historic LAndmark
Sundial Brands launches Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture hair care products
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education • Industry & Commerce • Women. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #28 Woodrow Wilson, and the National Historic Landmarks series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is May 25, 1867.
Location. 39° 46.569′ N, 86° 10.052′ W. Marker is in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Marion County. It is in Downtown. Marker is on Indiana Avenue west of North West Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sigma Theta Tau International (within shouting distance of this marker); James Overall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Indiana Avenue (about 400 feet away); Talking Wall (about 800 feet away); USS Indianapolis CA-35 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mary Cable / School No. 4 Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jones Tabernacle A.M.E. Zion Church Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ransom Place Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianapolis.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 963 times since then and 500 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 28, 2023, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 7. submitted on April 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.