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 A'Lelia <I>Walker</I> Robinson

A'Lelia Walker Robinson

Original Name Leila McWilliams
Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi, USA
Death 17 Aug 1931 (aged 46)
Asbury Park, Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Plot Butternut, Section 141 South, Smith/Robinson plot # 14052
Memorial ID 18240 · View Source
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The only child of Madam C.J. Walker, who is generally recognized as the first African American millionaire. Referred to by Langston Hughes as the "joy goddess of Harlem's 1920s," she hosted one of the most impressive salons of the Harlem Renaissance. Called "The Dark Tower," this converted floor of her New York townhouse was the site of many extravagant parties. Her guests included Harlem and Greenwich village writers, artists and musicians. She succeeded herÊmother as head of the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company. As a lasting tribute to her mother, she completed Indianapolis' Walker Building. The building, which covers a whole city block, has served as a social and cultural center for the African American community there. Its elegant theater, originally intended to provide a place where African Americans were permitted to attend movies, now is a popular site for a wide variety of groups to meet. In 1922, A'Lelia became one of the only westerners to visit Ethiopian Empress Waizeru Zuaditu.

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  • Added: 3 Nov 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18240
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for A'Lelia Walker Robinson (6 Jun 1885–17 Aug 1931), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18240, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .