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A’Lelia Walker
Carl Van Vechten Papers

Harlem’s most talked about hostess, A’Lelia Walker threw the most extravagant parties of the Harlem Renaissance. Walker inherited a fortune from her mother, Madame C.J. Walker, who invented beauty products for African-American women; she was so successful in marketing her hair straighteners and skin lighteners that she became one of the wealthiest African Americans of her time. In addition to her popular parties, A’Lelia Walker also hosted Harlem’s most important literary salon, The Dark Tower.


A'Lelia Walker




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