Shirley Chisholm Doll Kit

$ 20.00 Non-Member Price
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Celebrate the first black woman elected to the United States Congress with your very own Shirley Chisholm fabric doll kit. The kit features an illustration of Shirley Chisholm on the front of the fabric, and educational details on the back. The finished doll doubles as a pillow!

Shirley Anita Chisholm was an American politician, educator, and author. Chisholm represented New York's 12th congressional district, a district centered on Bedford–Stuyvesant, for seven terms from 1969 to 1983.

  • Finished size of the doll/pillow is 17.5.”
  • Needle, thread and stuffing not included
  • Unsewn fabric measures 18 x 22 inches.

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.

Item Number: 21632