“Pig Foot Mary,” Lillian Harris Dean, Harlem Cook And Entrepreneur 1900’s

2-lillian-harris-dean brown1Lillian Harris Dean, Pig Foot Mary, 1870–1929, was an African-American cook and entrepreneur who became a minor national celebrity in the 1920s for bringing the cuisine of Harlem to national attention. Continue Reading →

Interview: A’lelia Bundles Great-Great-Grand Daughter Of Madam C. J. Walker

bundles in harlemI’m sitting in my office, looking out at the trees. Although the air conditioner is on to cool the rest of the house (because it’s 90 degrees outside), I have one window open so I can hear the birds and smell the honeysuckle and magnolias  that are in full bloom this week. Continue Reading →

A’Lelia Walker’s Grand Harlem Funeral: August 1931

final-for-watermark-of-ALW-Fur-Trimmed-Jacket1-232x300By A’Lelia Bundles

Eighty years ago this month on August 17, 1931–after a lovely day at the beach celebrating a friend’s birthday– A’Lelia Walker, my great-grandmother and namesake, died in Long Branch, New Jersey.  Continue Reading →