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Object ID 2015.007.028 b
Object Name Doll
Collection Dolls
Credit line Gift of Eric R. Mosley, Sr.
Year Range from 1990
Year Range to 2000
Makers mark "Made in Mexico" stamped on the back of the head.
Description African American child doll dressed up to represent Cynthia Wesley (1949-1963), one of the children who died during the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963. The plastic doll has swivel limbs, sleeping eyes, and a thick head of black artificial hair that has been left down. The doll wears a full-length, short sleeved white cotton dress with a peter pan collar and leaf sprig and eyelet embroidery throughout, white tights, and black rubber shoes. The dress has a sawtooth hem with eyelets and embroidered tulip motifs. There is a 2 3/4" x 1 3/8" home-made identification label with black printed text pinned to the dress: "Cynthia Wesley age: 14 / Killed when the / Sixteenth Street Church / was bombed in 1963."
Dimensions W-9 L-30 D-5 inches
Dimension Details overall greatest dimensions
Owned Brenda B. Mosely
Used Brenda B. Mosely African American Doll Collection
Provenance This doll came from the large collection of African American dolls that belonged to Brenda B. Mosely (1950-2012) of Newark, DE. The entire collection consisted of over 3000 African American-themed dolls that were housed in the basement of her Newark home in a private doll museum. Themes in the private museum included Afro-centric dolls dressed in African costume, glamor dolls, antique/vintage dolls, historically themed dolls, rag dolls, and family dolls (babies, grandmothers etc.)
Subjects Afro-Americans
Civil rights
Search Terms Brenda Mosely
African Americans
Civil Rights Movement
Cynthia Wesley
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing
Hate Crimes
Twentieth Century
Material Plastic doll; cotton dress
Place of Origin Mexico