Bessie Coleman was an early American civil aviator. She was the first woman of African-American descent, and also the first of Native-American descent, to hold a pilot license. Keep this adorable pocket sized Bessie Coleman talisman by your side. Each String Doll has her own special power that is always positive and helpful. Every doll is handmade from one piece of string with added accessories. Durable enough to be used as a key chain, or bag charm.
Black Dolls (February 25 -- June 5, 2022) explores handmade cloth dolls made primarily by African American women between 1850 and 1940 through the lens of race, gender, and history. Examining the formation of racial stereotypes and confronting the persistence of racism in American history. It features more than 100 cloth dolls, alongside dozens of historical photographs of white and Black children posed with their playthings and caregivers. A coda explores 20th-century commercial dolls marketed to a broader audience of Black families seeking to instill pride in their children. Through these humble yet potent objects, Black Dolls reveals difficult truths about American history and invites visitors to engage in the urgent national conversation around the legacy of slavery and race.