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10 Stunning Photos of Black Women from the Victorian Era

Madame Walker: Born Sarah Breedlove on December 23,1867 on a LA plantation,a daughter of former slaves (who was orphaned at age seven and worked in the cotton fields as a child) transformed herself from farm laborer and laundress into one of he 20th century's most successful, self-made entrepreneurs.Walker made most of her fortune between 1911 and 1917 making Madam C.J. Walker the 1st Afri. Amer. woman to become a millionaire. She lived in a mansion near the Rockefellers. Biddy Craft

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Madam CJ Walker was a Black entrepreneur and the first American self-made female millionaire. Her story of #success is that of from cabin to mansion, and from poverty and society leader. #blackhistory #blackleaders

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Before air conditioning, anyone with means fled the hot cities for cooler mountain or beach resorts. Those began as white-only preserves, but, just as the Catskills became the destination for Jewish families, Idlewild in northeastern Michigan welcomed African-Americans. Idlewild was jokingly said to be the place for "idle men & wild women." During the summers, more than 25,000 people visited the area. Some built summer homes, including prominent figures like Madam CJ Walker and WEB DuBois.

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Sarah Breedlove (December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919), known as Madam C.J.Walker, was an American entrepreneur and philanthropist, regarded as the first female self made millionaire in America. She made her fortune by developing and marketing a successful line of beauty and hair products for black women under the company she founded, Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company.

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