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Woodruff students learn of Peoria native, first African American woman millionaire Annie Malone

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PEORIA (WEEK) -- A hidden story of the first African American female millionaire was revealed Tuesday to the students at Woodruff Career and Technical Center.

Students were visited by Agbara Bryson, a relative of Annie Malone, to speak to cosmetology and barbering students about her life.

Malone was a Peoria native who paved the way for many cosmetologists who came after her, like Madame C.J. Walker.

"Her impact here hasn't really been revealed yet because it's a hidden story, but once it's been revealed the impact is that you can be whatever you want to be. It doesn't matter where you come from. What matters is your vision, determination, resilience and your plan," Bryson said.

Bryson said Malone attended Peoria High School and talked about how it feels important that students know her legacy to encourage them to create their own.

Chloe Calcote

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