William Thomas Jr., aka Buckwheat

Name: William Thomas Jr., aka Buckwheat of “The Little Rascals” 

Made by and When: Rachel McCullough Sherrod of Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls, 2020

Material: Wool-blend felt (face, arms, and legs); cotton-blend (head and torso)

Marks: Signed by the artist

Height: 16 inches without the hat; close to 18 inches with the hat

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black fleece hair/painted facial features with brown eyes and a closed mouth

Clothes: White dress shirt, black suspender pants, black shoes, and a black top hat that has a blue feather and a blue grosgrain ribbon hat band; holds a white cane.

Other: Part of the artist’s Historic series, this one-of-a-kind doll represents child actor, William “Billie” Thomas, Jr., who played the role of Buckwheat in the Our Gang (Little Rascals) short films from 1934 to 1944.


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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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