Record your daily expressions of resilience and creativity in our exclusive Black Dolls journal. The front features the image of a handmade doll with a joyful smile, and a dramatic doll in red boots decorates the back. The dolls are from the extraordinary collection of Deborah Neff, photographed by Ellen McDermott.
- 5.5" x 7.75"
- velvet laminate finish
- 70 lined pages
- Made in the USA
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.