The mansion which used to belong to the first self-made Black female millionaire, Madam C. J. Walker, is in need of a new owner.
Madam C. J. Walker, whose real name is Sarah Breedlove, was an African-American businesswoman, philanthropist, and a political and social activist. The success of her Black haircare line brought her a huge fortune.
It cost the female entrepreneur much effort to erect a $250,000 three-story house, which spanned 20,000 square feet and included high ceilings, a marble floor and a $25,000 Estey organ as suppliers constantly questioned the ability of Black woman to pay for everything. “For her to buy property in one of the wealthiest communities in America and then build this home, one generation out of slavery, it was her American dream,” Walkers great-great-granddaughter, A’Lelia Bundles, noted.
The mansion has changed several owners who treated it very differently. Current keepers are eager to move out but hope “whatever is decided that it’s open to the larger community, so that they can come and appreciate her and what she’s done.” Unfortunately, the future of the historic mansion is yet unclear.
This house is a part of African-American history, it belongs to Black community and should be open to the people. It should be preserved and well kept to serve as an eternal prove of the fact that Blacks have great potential of becoming rich and successful.