Crafting Black Dolls: The Women Behind the Needle
- Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Presented live on Zoom
Many of the dolls on display in our new exhibition Black Dolls are shrouded in mystery. How do we learn about the women—both Black and white—who made or purchased them when so many of their names have been lost to history? What can these dolls tell us about their roles as maker, entrepreneur, customer, advocate, and caretaker? Join our esteemed panel for a conversation that analyzes Black dolls as material evidence of women’s lives from Reconstruction to the civil rights movement.
Our panel includes Fath Davis Ruffins, curator of African American History and Culture in the Division of Home and Community Life at the National Museum of American History; Angela Tate, curator of Women’s History at the National Museum of African American History and Culture; and moderator Michele Mitchell, associate professor of history at New York University.
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