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Black dolls have been around forever, since mothers or fathers crafted them out of whatever they had available.  Original Black dolls may have been made with stuffed fabric or sticks and colored with dye or mud, but from the beginning they were a proud reflection of Black people.  Those dolls and others through the years were created as a way to embrace our cultural heritage and instill a sense of dignity.

They tell a story, then and now.

The 100 dolls currently on display are just a portion of the dolls collected by sisters Ms. Grace E. DeLoatch (deceased) and      Dr. Vasti DeLoach. These dolls have toured across Virginia at museums, schools, churches, social clubs, libraries, antique shows, and more.  Many thanks to the DeLoatch family for sharing their treasures!