Made by and When: Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls, 2018
Material: Wool-blend (face, arms, and legs); cotton-blend (head and torso); all stuffed with polyfil
Marks: Signed and dated by the artist
Height: 20 inches (without the hat) 22 inches (with the hat)
Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Dark brown fleece hair/painted facial features with light brown eyes, smiling mouth
Clothes: Clothing and hat made by the artist; brown houndstooth suit, shirt, tie, tan fedora, and store-bought black lace-up shoes
Other: In honor of Emmett Till, this doll was made by Rachel McCullough Sherrod of Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls as part of her Heritage series.
“On August 28, 1955, while visiting family in Money, Mississippi, 14-year-old Emmett Till, an African American from Chicago, was brutally murdered for allegedly flirting with a white woman four days earlier.” (History.com) Read more here. His murder was one of the most heinous American atrocities post-slavery. Decades later, the white woman, Carolyn Bryant, recanted her story stating that Emmett never did any of the things she originally stated he had done.
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