We’re not sure how this one slipped past us but 136th Street, the former block of a townhouse built by Madame C.J. Walker, has been renamed in honor of the first African American female millionaire and her daughter. Walker made her fortune peddling her own brand of hair care products, then established a hair care empire with salons and beauty schools that stretched across the country.
In 1913, she hired an African-American architect to construct a townhouse on W. 136th St. in Harlem.
After Walker’s death six years later, her daughter and only child, A’Lelia, converted a floor of the home into a salon known as “The Dark Tower” – a gathering spot for uptown luminaries including W.E.B. DuBois and Langston Hughes.
The building was torn down in the ’40s, but the street sign will offer a reminder of its presence and importance.
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Photo credits: A’Lelia Bundles/Walker Family Archives/madamcjwalker.com.
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