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Indiana History

"I got my start by giving myself a start"

- Madam C.J. Walker 

Madam Walker was an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and the first female self-made millionaire in the United States.

A pioneer in the hair care and beauty industry, Madam Walker moved her headquarters to Indianapolis in the early 19th Century. Today the Madam C.J. Walker Building in Indianapolis is designated as a Historic Landmark.


Welcome to the Indiana History Guide! 

Use this guide as a springboard into your research experience. Here you will find useful resources related to search strategies, local and state history, and more! 

Madam CJ Walker standing in front of her building

640 N. West Street. Madam C. J. Walker Collection Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society and Historic Indianapolis