Madam CJ Walker Bust
Madam CJ Walker Bust
Madam CJ Walker Bust

Madam CJ Walker Bust

  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • 7 1/2 inches
  • White and Bronze finished polystone available
  • Madam C.J. Walker was America's first woman self-made millionaire, an entrepreneur, and a political activist. Today, we honor her place in American history by launching our collection of Madam C.J. Walker products, created in collaboration with her great-great-granddaughter, biographer, and Foundation Board Member, A'Lelia Bundles.

    It was such a special moment in our museum store, as the collection, which has been in the works since pre-COVID, was finally unveiled and A'Lelia viewed it in person for the first time! We're so proud to have worked with a family-owned business that specializes in historic recreations. And one of our very own at the Foundation, James O'Connor, designed the motifs appearing on the scarf, bandana, and bags.
  • The daughter of slaves, Madam C. J. Walker (1867-1919) was orphaned at seven, married at 14, and a widow with a baby at 20. She spent the better part of the next two decades laboring as a washerwoman for $1.50 a week. Then—with her discovery of a revolutionary hair-care formula for black women—everything changed.

    By the time she was 40, Madam Walker was making as much money as a white corporate executive, thanks to her popular hair-care products for black women and her brilliance at marketing them. She created a workforce of sales agents that gave African American women job options other than being washerwomen or domestics. As her prominence and wealth increased, she became a generous benefactor of black educational institutions and such a staunch supporter of the anti-lynching movement that the State Department labeled her a "race agitator" and denied her a passport in 1919.