University Students Participating in Archaeological Dig at Home and Factory Owned by Madam C.J. Walker, America’s First Black Millionaire

This summer students at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis will be participating in an archaeological project at the site of the home and factory of Madam C.J. Walker in Indianapolis.

Walker founded a highly successful hair care and beauty products company targeted toward black women. At the time of her death in 1919, Walker had an estate worth $2 million.

The dig site, located in the 600 block of North West Street (now Martin Luther King Drive) adjoins the university’s campus.