Madam CJ Walker’s Former Mansion Could Now Be In Jeopardy… Find Out Why
BY: NISHA THOMAS
It has now been 100 years since Madam CJ Walker walked the earth and left a legacy that can be cherished by all women of color that wish to be just like her. She was America’s first ever self-made millionaire, who’d built a mansion in Irvington, New York.
However, the sad part of it all is that her home may now be in jeopardy. The mansion has been granted it’s landmark status, however, the preservationists do worry about the future of this magnificent home as the current residents that live there are now preparing themselves to leave.
“Even though it’s a national Historic Landmark, there’s no oversight or review to stop an external agency to propose changes to the building,” Brent Leggs, a senior field officer at the National Trust for Historic Preservation told the New York Post.
It was explained that it would be a major disappointment to Walker’s family, as well as everything that she has accomplished, if this home lost it’s value. And it is important to make note that her home is one of the most important sites of Women’s History in this country, specifically in the realm of African American women’s history.
As a former wash-woman who was born to slave parents, Walker took it upon herself to make her fortune by launching a line of haircare products that were marketed specifically toward African American women.
The 34-room Italianate manse was dubbed Villa Lewaro, and the pinnacle of Madam Walker’s achievements, according to the Post.
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