My Grandmother’s Harlem Renaissance Wedding

By A’Lelia Bundles

Langston Hughes called A’Lelia Walker “the joy goddess of Harlem’s 1920s”

Whenever I see my grandmother Mae’s 1923 wedding photographs, I can’t help but marvel at the elegance and extravagance.

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A’Lelia Walker’s Dark Tower in Harlem

This was the site of A’Lelia Walker’s (1885-1931) home and famous salon, “The Dark Tower,” which she hosted for writers, musicians, and other artists during the 1920s. Continue Reading →

Anniversary Of A’Lelia Walker’s Death (August 17th, 1931)

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 →

A’Lelia Walker’s Sterling Silver Flask

A’Lelia Walker carried a flask, especially after Prohibition became the law of the land. In her case, of course, the flask was sterling silver, befitting her love of fine things.

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