The Madame C.J. Walker School

Mission Statement

‘To enlighten and educate the community at large of the history of the Walker School and its contribution to the uniting of all peoples in the field of education.’


  • South Park, KS community in the 1860’s built a school (Madame CJ Walker School – named after its patron the first American/Black woman millionaire entrepreneur) in which Black and White kids went to, at a time when that was unheard of.
  • A new school was built (South Park Elementary School) that at first was for White kids only until the Black and White community came together, sued and won in 1949. That led to the landmark case Brown vs Board of Education, Topeka, KS, 1954, that desegregated education for all!

More history and photos in this PDF and below: