On View
Segregation Gallery
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
Manufactured by
Bastian Brothers Company, American, founded 1895
Photograph by
Scurlock, Addison N., American, 1883 - 1964
Subject of
Walker, Madam C.J., American, 1867 - 1919
Walker, Madam C.J. Manufacturing Company, American, founded 1906
Gause, Alice
ca. 1920s
brass (alloy), gold, lithographic ink on paper, metal, plastic and nitrocellulose
H x W: 4 5/16 x 2 3/8 x 5/16 in. (11 x 6.1 x 0.8 cm)
Madam C. J. Walker (1867-1919) was an African American entrepreneur, educator and philanthropist. Her company manufactured, distributed, and sold hair care products developed for black women. She also established beauty schools across the country that trained women to work as agents, known as “hair culturists.” Walker’s beauty schools and manufacturing company offered unique opportunities for African American women when there were few job options beyond domestic service and manual labor. Pins such as this one were awarded to successful agents at annual conventions.
A tiered pin or badge, in gold metal. The first tier features an illustration of clasped hands,the forearms and hands of two males shaking hands, the second tier is a rectangular white placard with the name, "Alice Gause" handwritten in black ink. The third tier features a circular shaped black and white portrait of Madame C.J. Walker in an ornate gold metal frame. The tiers are connected via chains.
Transcription Center Status
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Place collected
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Black Enterprise
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Dr. Patricia Heaston
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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