Minding Our Business(es)
Black women who build revenue streams to fortify and uplift the Black community
Hats Off to Mae Reeves!
Mae Reeves was a business pioneer whose lasting legacy was to empower and enfranchise African American men and women across her beloved Philadelphia.Read More about Hats Off to Mae Reeves!
Pioneers of the African American Beauty Industry
Annie Turnbo Malone and Madam C.J. Walker developed haircare and beauty products, created beauty schools and launched highly successful businesses that employed hundreds of African Americans (mainly women).Read More about Pioneers of the African American Beauty Industry
Ann Lowe: One of America’s Most Significant Designers
Ann Lowe's most historically significant commission was the bridal gown and bridal party dresses for the 1953 wedding of Jacqueline Bouvier and then-Sen. John F. Kennedy, who would become president of the United States in 1961.Read More about Ann Lowe: One of America’s Most Significant Designers
Building a Better Future
Norma Merrick Sklarek (1926-2012) broke down barriers in architecture. Her story illustrates the increased difficulty for African Americans women to gain a professional foothold.Read Story about Building a Better Future
Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul and Philanthropist
Oprah Winfrey is a media mogul, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Her couch from the Harpo Studios in Chicago, and several other items she donated to the museum, are on display as part of the exhibition, "A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond."Read Story about Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul and Philanthropist
Cinema + Conversation: Filmmaker Madeline Anderson
Madeline Anderson is often credited as being the first black woman to produce and direct a televised documentary film, the first black woman to produce and direct a syndicated television series, the first black employee at New York-based public television station WNET, and one of the first black women to join the film editor’s union.Learn More about Cinema + Conversation: Filmmaker Madeline Anderson
Breaking Barriers in the Sky
Black flight attendants of the mid-20th century made invaluable contributions to the pursuit of civil rights through actively challenging and subverting the narrow standards of what it meant to represent their profession during this era.Learn More about Breaking Barriers in the Sky