Standing at the intersection yesterday,
at Indiana Avenue and North Streets, I realized
I was standing in the middle of an area where so much
of the culture of Indiana's African-American
population was developed and expressed.
The building above is the Madame Walker Theater,
built in 1919 by Madame C.J. Walker,
America's first self-made woman millionaire.
She had made her fortune through the development
and sale of her own line of hair care products.
The building shown above was a structure
that made a big impression on me when I moved
to Indianapolis in the late 1970s. Then, its brick facade
was painted white with black trim. I knew it
as Arlene's, a record store whose primary clientele
was black. I love the building and have been
very pleased to see it restored, with all of its beautiful
details accentuating its form.