Madam C.J Walker was born Sarah Breedlove. Sarah, who was their fifth child, was the first in her family to be free-born. Sarah was born a cotton plantation near Delta , Louisiana.
Both Parents Died Leaving Her An Orphan At The Age Of 7
Minerva (mother) died in 1874 and Owen (father) passed away the following year, both due to unknown causes, leaving Sarah an orphan at the age of seven.
Moved to Vicksburg, Mississippi
After her parents' passing, Sarah was sent to live with her sister, Louvinia, and her brother-in-law.The three moved to Vicksburg, Mississippi, in 1877, where Sarah picked cotton and was likely employed doing household work, although no documentation exists verifying her employment at the time.
Marrige Then Husband Dies 2 Years Later
1884 - 1886
Sarah married a man named Moses McWilliams
When Moses died two years later, Sarah and A'Lelia moved to St. Louis, where Sarah's brothers had established themselves as barbers. There, Sarah found work as a washerwoman, earning $1.50 a day — enough to send her daughter to the city's public schools.
birth of first child
Approx. June 6, 1885
On June 6, 1885, Sarah gave birth to a daughter, A'Lelia
Married Charles J. Walker
While in St. Louis, Breedlove met her second husband Charles J. Walker
Began her start to the her success
During the 1890s, Sarah developed a scalp disorder that caused her to lose much of her hair, and she began to experiment with both home remedies and store-bought hair care treatments in an attempt to improve her condition.
Her pomade invented and the walker method
In 1907 Walker and her husband traveled around the South and Southeast promoting her products and giving lecture demonstrations of her "Walker Method" — involving her own formula for pomade, brushing and the use of heated combs.
How She Became A Billionare
s profits continued to grow, in 1908 Walker opened a factory and a beauty school in Pittsburgh, and by 1910, when Walker transferred her business operations to Indianapolis, the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company had become wildly successful, with profits that were the modern-day equivalent of several million dollars.
Death Of Madam C.J Walker
Approx. May 25 1919
Walker died of hypertension on May 25, 1919, at age 51, at Villa Lewaro in Irvington, NY.