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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Drake House offers program on Madam C.J. Walker Sunday

Learn about America's first self-made Black woman millionaire.

Plainfield's Drake House Museum will host a program on Madam C.J. Walker, civil rights activist and America's first self-made woman millionaire this Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM as part of Women's History Month.

Born Sarah Breedlove in 1867 in Louisiana, she was one of six children. the only child of her parents born free.

Hard working and indomitable, she married at 14 to escape an abusive brother-in-law. Eventually, she arrived in Denver where she met and married C.J. Walker (hence the name of her company) and they developed her cosmetics and hair care business.

Throughout her business career, Madam Walker stressed civil rights, political engagement and philanthropy. And she encouraged the same in her army of sales agents.

Dr. Daisy Century will present a highly researched, dramatically intense portrayal of Madam Walker's life and contributions.

The program is in the Drake House's second-floor ballroom, which is NOT handicap-accessible. Seating is limited, so be sure to come early. Refreshments will be served.

The Drake House Museum at 602 West Front Street (at the foot of Plainfield Avenue) is open to the public Sunday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:00 PM, and at other times by appointment. For more information, call (908) 755-5831 or visit the website at

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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