Built in 1927, the Madam Walker Legacy Center commemorates Madam C.J. Walker's zeal and drive to success. Orignially built to house her products' manufactuirng, it became much more: a forerunner of today’s shopping malls with a drugstore, a beauty salon, a beauty school, a restaurant, professional offices, a ballroom and a 1500 seat theater.
The Indianapolis Historical Society’s richly interactive exhibit, “You Are There: 1915: Madam C.J. Walker, Empowering Women” educates visitors on the early and adult life of Walker, and features a re-creation of her hair care factory once located on 640 N. West St. The exhibit showcases original tins of her product alongside historical pieces from her life. Running through April 2, 2022, it is part of the Indianapolis Bicentennial celebration, in which Walker will be continuously honored and remembered.
This 11ft high, 75ft long mural at the Indianapolis International Airport tells the legacy of Madam C.J. Walker. Not only does the mural show the accomplishments of the first Black female self-made millionaire, complete with stunning scenes of Madam Walker’s haircare product empire, but also depicts the dreams of contemporary Black men and women inspired by her legacy. The mural, created by local artist Tasha Beckwith, will be on display in Civic Plaza through 2022.
Indy’s grand Central Library shares the story of Walker’s early life, legacy, and impact on our city. Learn more about Indianapolis history, and the impact Walker made, at this fantastic cultural center.
Indy’s art-infused Alexander Hotel houses a show-stopping Walker portrait made entirely out of hair combs by local artist Sonya Clark.
Inspired by Sonya Clarks's distinct hair comb sculpture in The Alexander, "On My Own Ground" is a signature cocktail at adjacent hotel bar, Plat 99. This cocktail celebrates Madam C.J. Walker for being the first self-made millionairess in the country, and is made with Plantation O.F.T.D., Hotel Tango Lemoncello, demerara, orange, and hot cider.
Stop by LouVino on Mass Ave to experience the Madam C.J. Walker wine flight. Described as “Rich, Tasteful, and bursting with charisma”, this wine trio is sure to please. The flight blends together Brooks ‘Amycas’ White Blend 2017 wine sourced from Oregon, Trimbach Gewürztraminer 2015 from France, and Famille Sadel Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2016 from the Rhone Valley of France.
Local café and coffee haven Foundry Provisions pays tribute to Walker with a lunch basket in her name that includes a grilled cheese and soup rich in flavor and comfort.
Dine alongside an exquisite portrait of Madam Walker at this elegant downtown steakhouse. Featuring exquisite steaks, a cozy atmosphere, and upscale service, the Capital Grille is a fantastic place to enjoy a meal and view a Madam Walker piece.
African American artists Bernard Williams pays tribute to Walker in his outdoor art installation titled Talking Wall. In this piece, a collection of symbols are fused together to tell a story and promote discussion regarding African-American history within Indianapolis. The large fist, inspired by hair combs, speaks to the story of Walker and the fortune and impact she made within Indy.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of Walker’s passing, Sephora debuted a revamped Madam C.J. Walker hair care line, Beauty Culture. Shop this decadent line of products at The Fashion Mall on Indy’s north side.