“By way of telling the little-recognized tales of six pioneering African American marketers, Black Fortunes makes a worth contribution to black historical past, to trade historical past, and to American historical past.”—Margot Lee Shetterly, New York Times Bestselling creator of Hidden Figures

Between the years of 1830 and 1927, because the final technology of blacks born into slavery was once achieving adulthood, a small team of industrious, tenacious, and bold women and men broke new flooring to score the perfect ranges of monetary good fortune.

Mary Ellen Delightful, used her Gold Rush wealth to additional the reason for abolitionist John Brown. Robert Reed Church, become the biggest landowner in Tennessee. Hannah Elias, the mistress of a New York Town millionaire, used the land her lover gave her to construct an empire in Harlem. Orphan and self-taught chemist Annie Turnbo-Malone, evolved the primary nationwide emblem of hair care merchandise. Mississippi college instructor O. W. Gurley, evolved a work of Tulsa, Oklahoma, right into a “the city” for rich black execs and craftsmen that will turn into referred to as “the Black Wall Boulevard.” Despite the fact that Madam C. J Walker was once given the identify of The united states’s first feminine black millionaire, she was once now not. She was once the primary, alternatively, to flaunt and overtly declare her wealth—a deadly and modern act.

Nearly the entire unforgettable personalities on this wonderful assortment have been incessantly attacked, demonized, or swindled out in their wealth. Black Fortunes illuminates as by no means earlier than the beginning of the black trade titan.