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This Day in Black History: Dec. 23, 1867

This Day in Black History: Dec. 23, 1867

Madame C.J. Walker is born on a plantation near Delta, Louisiana.

Published December 23, 2011

Madame C. J. Walker, whose birth name was Sarah Breedlove, was born on a plantation in Delta, Louisiana. After changing her name to “Madame” C. J. Walker, she founded her own business selling Black hair care and cosmetics. She would become America’s first African-American millionaire.


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