Madam C.J. Walker: Building a Business Empire

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(ages 8-12) “Colman creates a portrait of a fascinating woman whom children will admire.”
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I do the picture research and take photographs for my books. I spent several days in Indianapolis, Indiana, examining Madam’s papers and memorabilia at the Indiana State Historical Society and the at business headquarters of her company, now the Madam C. J. Walker Theater. I photographed her mansion in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, and her grave in Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City. When I learned that there was a plaque to Madam C. J. Walker at Frederick Douglass’s home in Washington, DC, a National Historic site, I drove there, only to discover that the plaque had been removed! Dismayed but undeterred, I located a print of the plaque, which appears in my book. Madam C.J. Walker: Building a Business Empire has 18 images.


“Madam C. J. Walker in the National Archives,” a short video filmed at the National Archives, is narrated by A’Lelia Bundles, Madam C. J. Walker’s biographer and great-great-granddaughter. Bundles engaging comments convey her excitement about doing research.