Morrisania Doll Society Features Over 40 Black Dolls From Doll Artists And Collectors

May 16, 2023

A variety of rare and collectible Black dolls will be available at The Morrisania Doll Society’s Black Doll Auction in Harlem.

The event starts on May 20, 2023, at the Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem. The doors will open at 12:00 noon for the preview and the auction begins at 1:00 pm EST.

The Morrisania Doll Society’s Black Doll Auction will feature over 40 Black dolls. Most of the dolls are from private collectors. These include one-of-a-kind dolls from noted doll artists like Pamela Ekkens, known for her creative cloth dolls; doll artists Crafty Sisters’ unique cloth dolls; acclaimed doll artist Goldie Wilson’s cloth Christmas tree Black doll ornaments; Shirley Nigro-Hill’s folksy cloth dolls and  Joyce L. Stroman’s art dolls. In addition, there will be a collection of limited-edition Black Barbie dolls.

“I think Black doll collecting is popular because the range of dolls is so unique,” said Ellen Ferebee, president of The Morrisania Doll Society and the auction host. “A lot of the Black doll artists don’t stick to a mold. They make all types of fantastic dolls. They make them out of all sorts of materials – cloth, porcelain, sculpting clay, and sometimes a mixture of all. The public is invited to the elegant Dwyer Cultural Center to look, learn and purchase.”

The Morrisania Doll Society was formed to bring together doll collectors and doll artists and to help preserve the history and culture of African American doll-making. 

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