This is a Poro College diploma received by Lucille Brown. On the diploma in the lower left corner is a gold, embossed, seal with a purple ribbon. The diploma is printed in black text with blanks provided throughout for filling in information about the recipient, the date, and the person conferring the degree. Under the blanks are lines of red ink. From the top of the page text reads "Poro College/ &/ Scalp Treatment and Hair Culture/ St. Louis, Mo./ Established in the Year of Our Lord Nineteen Hundred/ Know all Parties by these Presents, That/ Lucille Brown/has completed a full course of instruction in the treatment of the scalp and the culture of the/ hair, as prescribed by the Poro System./ And has passed such examinations as to satisfactorily demonstrate her ability to properly apply the intricate methods thereto./ Now, therefore, by virtue of the power vested in us, we have granted this/ DIPLOMA/ with all of the privileges attendant thereupon./ In Witness Whereof, We, the President and Secretary, have subscribed our names and caused this seal/ of the College to be affixed hereunto, this Nineteenth day of March 1915./ Annie M. Pope Turnbo President/ Maudelle McMurray Secretary/ Territory Weir and McCool, Miss."
This diploma from The Lelia College reads "The Lelia College" in large black ornate letters in a curve across the top. Beneath it reads "Indianapolis, Indiana/ For teaching Mme. C.J. Walker's Method of Growing Hair." For full text please see Notes Text Entries Transcription. The diploma is decorated with scrolling swirls around the college name and a stylized border around the edge. The paper is yellowed and creased and torn along some of the creases. The diploma is surrounded by a white matting and dark brown wooden frame with a glassed front. On the back of the frame is a white sticker with red and black text. It reads "Enterprising Women: / 250 Years of American Business / National Heritage Museum / BU 3.4-WF Wall Frame No. 3.5.22 / Walker, Madam C. J. (1867-1919) / Lelia College Diploma / A'Lelia Bundles/Walker Family Collection / All venues."