Museum Closure

The New-York Historical Society will close at 3pm on November 26 and remain closed through November 27. For details, please visit our calendar.

Who Was Madam CJ Walker?

She is the first self-made, female millionaire. Born Sarah Breedlove to slaves in Louisiana in 1867, Walker married at 14 but was left a widowed mother at 20. Despite this, she generated her fortune by selling "Madam Walker's Wonderful Hair Grower," her own creation, to African-American women. She settled in Harlem in 1916 and was a philanthropist until her death in 1919.

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