Madam C. J. Walker

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Sarah Walker (Breedlove)

Birthplace: Delta, Louisiana, United States
Death: May 25, 1919 (51)
New York, New York
Place of Burial: Bronx, Bronx, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Owen Breedlove and Minerva Breedlove
Ex-wife of Moses McWilliams; John H. Davis and Charles Joseph Walker
Mother of Lelia (A'Lelia Walker) McWilliams
Sister of Louvenia Powell; James Breedlove; Owen Breedlove, Jr.; Solomon Breedlove and Alexander Breedlove

Occupation: Sharecropper, Inventor, Entrepreneur
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About Madam C. J. Walker

I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations....I have built my own factory on my own ground. ~Madam Walker, National Negro Business League Convention, July 1912

American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist. She is recorded as the first female self-made millionaire in America in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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Madam C. J. Walker's Timeline

December 23, 1867
Delta, Louisiana, United States
June 6, 1885
Vicksburg, MS, United States
May 25, 1919
Age 51
New York, New York
Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx, New York, United States