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The Walker Theater

After moving from Denver and then to Pittsburgh, African-American hair-care mogul Madame C. J. Walker ultimately based her operations in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1910. She moved to New York City in 1916, but most of the Walker manufacturing remained in Indianapolis, a city with good railroad connections and a healthy African-American population. Her dream to build a multipurpose building for the black community was only realized by her daughter years after her death. The building had a theater, restaurant, offices, and stores, as well as the Walker company operations. The Walker Theater closed in 1965, but it was renovated and reopened in 1988 and is now a National Historic Landmark.

Image source: National Parks Service.

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