Madam C.J. Walker is known as the first self-made woman millionaire in the United States. For decades, the successful Black philanthropist and educator operated her business in Indianapolis.
On Thursday evening, the Madam Walker Legacy Center debuted a new downtown mural in her honor, displayed at the corner of Senate Ave. and Indiana Ave. The piece showcases Madam Walker and imagery of her hair product business against a vivid green background.
City-County Council President Vop Osili spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“My hope for every person who passes this mural is that they're not only reminded of what Madam Walker accomplished, but the spirit to think about what they might accomplish here in this city as well,” Osili said.
The mural was painted by Indianapolis-based artist Tasha Beckwith. Beckwith also created a larger version of the same mural for the Indianapolis International Airport.
“This mural will be seen by Indy locals and visitors alike as a constant reminder of what is possible,” said Indiana Democratic Congressman Andre Carson. “We feel the spirit of Madam Walker here tonight in this space, and it's the people carrying on her legacy who highlight that spirit.”
This is the second mural unveiled as part of the city of Indianapolis Bicentennial Commission’s Indiana Legends mural series.