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More Than 40,000 Madam C.J. Walker-related Items Now Accessible

More Than 40,000 Madam C.J. Walker-related Items Now AccessibleMore than 40,000 items related to Indiana icon Madam C.J. Walker are now accessible online from anywhere in the world.2020-01-16T00:00:00-05:00
More Than 40,000 Madam C.J. Walker-related Items Now Accessible

Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C. J. Walker Collection, Indiana Historical Society Image

More than 40,000 items related to Indiana icon Madam C.J. Walker are now accessible online from anywhere in the world.

The Indiana Historical Society utilized an $80,000 grant in 2018 to digitize the rich collection, which spans 95 years. 

IHS President and CEO Jody Blankenship says the year-long project is complete and is already generating interest.

“In the short term the collection has been up. We’ve seen over 15,000 hits already making it the most popular single collection on IHS’s website," says Blankenship.

In addition to being made available online, the newly digitized images and information were incorporated into IHS’s newest exhibit, "You Are There 1915: Madam C.J. Walker, Empowering Women." The exhibit, on display through Jan. 23, 2021, takes visitors back in time with the help of costumed actors and a recreation of Walker’s Indianapolis office.

Visitors can tour the exhibit and view the collection in person at the Indiana History Center, home of IHS and the "Indiana Experience," 450 W. Ohio St. 

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