Madame Walker Memorialized on 6 Ft. Column on Georgia Street
Madame C. J. Walker was among the inaugural class of ten famous Hoosiers honored with Legacy Awards on Friday, March 2nd at 10 a.m., at the intersection of Capital and Georgia Streets.
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The first ten honorees are former U.S. presidents, Benjamin Harrison and Abraham Lincoln; novelists Booth Tarkington and Lew Wallace, who was also a Civil War general and U.S. ambassador; journalist Ernie Pyle; jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery; Shawnee chief Tecumseh; suffragette May Wright Sewall; entrepreneur Madame C.J. Walker; and the Lilly family, which founded Eli Lilly and Co. as well as the Lilly Endowment.
The staff and Board of Directors at the Madame Walker Theatre Center are thrilled to have their namesake, Madame C. J. Walker included among the initial Legacy Award recipients. “Our family is honored to have Madame Walker standing alongside such an iconic and inspirational group of Hoosiers,” said A’Lelia Bundles, Walker’s great-great-granddaughter and biographer. Ms. Bundles spoke at the unveiling.
“Madame Walker selected Indianapolis as the headquarters for her growing business more than a century ago in 1910 because of its central location and thriving black business community,” said Bundles, a director of the Walker Theatre board. “She quickly became involved in civic and philanthropic activities in the city. Today we are proud that the building she envisioned before her death now stands as an anchor for the Indiana Avenue Cultural District.”
The Legacy Awards criteria—which were established by the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee—required that the honorees had been deceased at least 20 years; spent a significant portion of their life in Indiana; and attained national or international recognition through their accomplishments. The cost of each column is about $10,000, which is being paid by the 2011 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee.
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