Madam C. J. Walker Biography
amount of money by an African American towards the construction of an Indianapolis YMCA in 1913. Sadly, that’s where my story ended but my legacy did not. I died of hypertension on May 25, 1919, at age 51, in my home I built for myself in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York. At the I was the sole owner of my business, which was valued at more than $1 million. My personal fortune was estimated at $600,000 and 700,000. I bet in the future I will be named one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire. In my will I left one-third of my estate to my daughter, A’Lelia Walker who was also known for her importance of the cultural Harlem Renaissance, and I gave the rest of it to various charities. My funeral took place at my estate, Villa Lewaro, which was designated a National Historic Landmark, and I was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York. In 1927, the Walker Building, an arts center that I had begun work on before my death, was opened in Indianapolis. An important African-American cultural center for decades, it is now a registered National Historic Landmark. In 1998, the United States Postal Service issued a stamp of me, Madam C.J. Walker as part of its "Black Heritage" series. And that right there concludes my life as Sarah Breedlove, or as you might know me Madam C.J. Walker.
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