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Photo 3: The Walker Building today. [Photo 3] with link to higher quality photo.
(Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology)

This building was planned by Madam Walker but built by her daughter after her mother's death. In addition to the headquarters of the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company, the building also housed the Walker Theater, Walker Drug Store, Walker Casino, Walker Beauty Shop, a ballroom, and a coffee shop. African-American doctors, lawyers, and other professionals who had difficulty finding office space in buildings owned by whites rented space in the building as well. The building served as a center for the African-American community. It was restored in the late 1980s. Although the Walker Manufacturing Company is no longer located there, the building continues to house various commercial businesses, including a beauty salon.

Questions for Photo 3

1. How would you describe this building? How does it compare to the building depicted in Photo 2?

2. Why do you think Madam Walker would have wanted to include all these facilities in the building she planned?

3. Why would it have been important to the company to rent office space in the building to African Americans?

* The photo on the screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a high quality version of Photo 3, but be aware that the file will take about 30 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.

 

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