January 22, 2018

$15M Renovation Set For Walker Theatre In Indianapolis

The Madam Walker Legacy Center building at the intersection of Indiana Avenue and West Street in Indianapolis. - public domain

The Madam Walker Legacy Center building at the intersection of Indiana Avenue and West Street in Indianapolis.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A $15 million renovation is set for the 1920s-era theater building in downtown Indianapolis that's named for pioneering African-American businesswoman Madam C.J. Walker.

The project over the next two years aims to refurbish and modernize the four-story triangular Madam Walker Legacy Center building. Money for the renovation is coming from a Lilly Endowment grant and comes as the center's leaders are starting a new partnership with nearby Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for it to host classes, seminars and a speaker series.

Walker center board chairwoman Joyce Rogers says the IUPUI partnership will help it better continue Walker's legacy as a self-made female millionaire.

Walker was born in Louisiana to former slaves but built a grooming-products empire in the early 1900s that was based in Indianapolis.

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