Sarah and Lelia
moved to Pittsburgh and opened a college to teach hairdressing.
They operated their college for two years before moving to Indianapolis,
where they opened a factory to produce their hair products and cosmetics.
They also hired African American professionals who helped direct
their expanding business operation. In addition, Sarah hired people
who taught her how to read and understand math.
around the country showing her products, recruiting salespeople,
and encouraging African American people to start new businesses
to use and sell her products. Madame Walker was very good at promoting
her products and services. Her business grew and prospered.
Lelia and Sarah
purchased property in New York City in 1913 and moved into a very
lovely estate in 1916. The Walkers generously supported religious,
educational, charitable, and civil rights organizations. They worked
to improve conditions for African Americans. Madam Walker was a
very wealthy woman -- the first African American Millionaire --
when she died in 1919.