WASHINGTON (CBS) -- In just a few days the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture will open its doors. The museum's curators were tasked with collecting black history artifacts from around the country. And as Andrea Roane reports, a local woman is one of the donators.
A'lelia Bundles lives in the DC area. She gave the museum priceless family heirlooms linked to one of the country's first African American business moguls. Bundles is the great-great granddaughter of Madam CJ Walker.
Madam CJ Walker was born shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation. Here parents were slaves on a plantation in Louisiana. With some guidance from her brothers, who were barbers, she developed a hair care line for African Americans. It took off and by 1910 she had started a beauty school and built a factory--employing 3-thousand people.
"The greater gift is I will be able to see other people enjoy them and when I am gone, the items will still be there," says Bundles.