Like mother, like daughter. This beauty parlor was run by the daughter of Madame CJ Walker who was one of the first African-American millionaires, and is credited as being the first female millionaire as well. Daughter A'Lelia Walker was born in 1885 and became president of her mother’s company in 1919, a position she held until her 1935 passing. Beyond her business, she also immersed herself in Harlem’s social scene and became quite the patron of the arts. In the 1920s she’d host artistic gatherings at her townhouse on Lenox Ave. A townhouse designed by Vertner Tandy, first registered African-American architect in NYC, and designed of Madame CJ Walker’s mansion Villa Lewaro. In 1927, she even converted a floor of the townhouse into a salon for cultural luminaries to gather. She dies in August of 1931, in much the same manner as her mother and was buried next to her mother at Woodlawn cemetery. . . . 184.108.40.20637 Byron Company (New York, N.Y.) Robinson, Mrs., Beauty Parlors (for Colored People). DATE: 1915
Above is a piece of sheet music of the song “St. Louis Blues” written in 1914 by the “Father of the Blues”, William Christopher “W.C.” Handy.
“St. Louis Blues” was W.C. Handy’s most famous composition, so much so that the opening notes of it are engraved on his gravestone marker! He rests in Woodlawn Cemetery’s Cosmos plot alongside his beloved wife Elizabeth and several members of their family (they had six children.)
You can listen to W.C. Handy’s orchestra playing the song here, via YouTube (it’s where I found that picture posted above of his orchestra):
Bronx, NY: Woodlawn Cemetery: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Carrie Chapman Catt, Mary Garrett Hay, and Alva Vanderbilt Belmont. They ask you put your stickers on the posters, not the graves. Posters will stay up through Sunday.
Rochester, NY: Mount Hope Cemetery: Susan B. Anthony. Open until 9pm.