National Museum Of African American History And Culture Honors Madame CJ Walker

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Madame CJ Walker’s life is highlighted at the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture. The exhibit on America’s first Black self-made millionaire includes family heirlooms donated by Walker’s great-great granddaughter A’lelia Bundles which are now on display at the new museum. While she said it was a hard decision to let go of the itimes, she told WUSA Channel 9, “This is a story that had to be told. The greater gift is I will be able to see other people enjoy them and when I am gone, the items will still be there.”

The daughter of slaves, Walker went on to develop a hair care line for African Americans and by 1910 she not only had a beauty school but a factory that employed 3,000 people. Walker’s revolutionary products, revamped and updated, are still sold today.

The opening of the historic National Museum of African American History and Culture this past weekend was attended by the President and First Lady as well as notables from politics, entertainment and the business worlds. The museums covers the span of complex and rich history of African Americans.

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