Madam Walker Legacy Center

617 Indiana Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46202


Madam CJ Walker is famous for being self-made. A daughter of a former slave, Walker worked her way from the bottom earning just $1.50 a day to running an empire which made her one of the wealthiest, successful women in the 20th century. The Walker Manufacturing plant is now the Madam Walker Theatre Center which commemorates her zeal and drive to success. The theater is last of the iconic buildings which lined Indiana Avenue and still has much of its 1927 architecture. But this is more than a building--the center promotes social justice, provides cultural education, and empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs, business owners, and civil leaders. The building itself is a symbol of African-American pride and continues to be a beacon within the community.