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Marjorie Joyner
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    (October 24, 1896-December 27, 1994)
    Born in Monterey, Virginia
    Birth name was Marjorie Stewart
    After the death of Madam C. J. Walker, was hired as national supervisor of Walker’s beauty schools
    Designed and patented a permanent wave machine (1928)
    She did not invent the first permanent wave machine; her design built on an original created by Karl Nessler.
    Users of the first version of her permanent wave machine complained it was uncomfortable. (She solved the problem by adding a scalp protector.)
    She made little money off her invention, as the patent was held by Madam Walker’s company.
    She was the first African American to graduate from her cosmetology school.
    She taught some 15,000 stylists and coached Madam Walker’s representatives on making door-to-door sales.
    She helped write the first cosmetology laws in Illinois.
    She advised New Deal agencies on reaching out to black women.
    She was married to podiatrist Robert Joyner for 57 years until his death.

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