Handmade FOLK ART Black Americana Doll Circa Early 20th Century
This is handmade FOLK ART DOLL about 4 1/4" inches tall without his hat. His head appears to be made from a buckeye nut and his feet from pine cone scales. The artist has painted his sweet face.
Wearing bright overalls made from a bright red flower fabric print and a green shirt underneath, he carries a walking stick or cane. On top of his head is a felt head. Great vintage doll circa early 20th century and a wonderful piece of folk art
About Black Americana: Black Americana, sometimes called Black Memorabilia refers to collectible objects and ephemera that has an African American theme. Although the theme and design of these items will often contain racist imagery can be very offensive, this is not always the case. Some black memorabilia have positive themes and reflect important events and people, such as the civil rights movement, musicians, scholars and/or members of the black community who have made a difference in our world.
In either case, it is important to remember that these items represent a very important historical record--a snapshot in time that should provide us an understanding of how black Americans were unfairly seen and treated for so many decades. While some believe that the preservation of Black Americana will only prolong racist prejudices, others collect so that history of Black America will not be forgotten by future generations. The founder of the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University in Michigan said about these items: “Use items of intolerance to teach tolerance.”
For more information and to better understand Black Americana, visit the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University.
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