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Industrial Revolution Weekly Salute, Sarah Breedlove

This week Industrial Revolution salutes Sarah Breedlove (Aka: Madam C.J. Walker) (1867-1919). Sarah’s parents and elder siblings were slaves when Sarah was born, but she became the first child in her family born into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Her mother died of yellow fever when Sarah was only 5, and her father died of the same disease shortly thereafter. Orphaned at the age of 6, she married at 14 to escape the mistreatment of her abusive brother in law’s household. Three years later her daughter Lelia was born but, when Sarah was 20, her husband was killed in an accident. As a widowed single mother, she decided to move to St Louis to start a new life and left with only her baby and a boat ticket. She found work as a washerwoman and although she only earned about $1.50 a day, set money aside every week to save for her daughter’s education.

By the time Lelia graduated high school, Sarah was able to put her through college in Knoxville, Tennessee. Sarah married a 2nd time, but the marriage did not last and they soon divorced. During this time, she began to develop issues with her hair falling out and wanted to fix it. She told her friends that she asked God to keep her hair from falling out and after some divine guidance was able to create the correct mixture to prevent this. At this point she knew what she wanted to do and started her own hair care line and married a third time to Charles Joseph Walker and became known as Madame C.J. Walker. She traveled the country selling her hair care and cosmetic products and training other woman on its uses. She became so successful that she soon built a factory in Indianapolis, a hair salon, a beauty school and a college to train “hair culturists”. Madame Walker became the first female Millionaire in America and expanded her company internationally. She employed thousands all over the country helping her staff build homes and encouraging them to pursue their dreams.

She became a philanthropist and acquired a passion to teach and train other black woman on independence, budgeting, and grooming in order to help them build their own businesses. She held the first national meetings of American women brought together to discuss business and commerce. We Salute Madame Walker for overcoming her many setbacks early in life and defining for us all the American dream through her hard work, determination, and passion in inspiring so many others to do the same…

This week Industrial Revolution presents: “Madam’s Pot Roast Pot Pie!”

Our delicious pot roast mixed with a vegetable medley of carrots, potato, corn, peas and onions, served in our house-made pot pie crust!

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