Dolls — they’re commonly associated with children’s toys, but they’re so much more! They foster play, learning, imagination and connections to culture, and there are plenty of grown adults (including us) who still own dolls today. That’s why we were so inspired by the crowdfunding campaign to preserve and reopen the National Black Doll Museum, which was forced to close in 2020 as a result of the pandemic. The museum began with founder and CEO Debra Britt’s personal collection and has grown to at least 7,000 dolls of color. It is recognized as one of the most significant collections of its kind in the world. Some of the dolls date back to the 1700s, while more recent additions include recognizable figures from history and fiction alike, with Ruby Bridges, Oprah’s character Mrs. Which from Disney’s “A Wrinkle In Time” and Sun-Man.
The National Black Doll Museum is trying to raise at least $100,000 during this Black History Month, and toward its total goal of $1.5 million. If you’d like to help, be sure to check out their LaunchGood campaign page!