Photographs courtesy of Rachel McCullough Sherrod of Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls

Name: Amanda

Made by and When: Rachel McCullough Sherrod of Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls, 2021

Material: Wool-blend felt face over sculpted polymer clay, stuffed wool-blend felt arms and legs, and stuffed cotton-blend material (for the head and torso)

Marks: Signed by the artist, Rachel McCullough Sherrod of Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls and dated, 2021

Height: 20 inches (the hairstyle adds about 3 inches)

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Multiple upswept black synthetic braids adorned with a red headband, hand-painted eyes and mouth

Clothes: White cotton shell, yellow full-length coat, black slacks, undies, black socks, black slippers, gold tone hoop earrings sewn to ear lobes

Other: This is a one-of-a-kind commissioned doll inspired by Amanda Gorman, the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States in 2017; the youngest White House inaugural poet having recited her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” during President Biden’s inauguration, and the first poet ever to perform during the Super Bowl.  The doll’s clothing and hairstyle were fashioned after the clothes and hairstyle worn by the poet at the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States held on January 20, 2021. The final verse of the inaugural poem is embroidered in yellow thread on the back of the doll’s yellow coat.

“For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it.

If only we’re brave enough to be it.”—Amanda Gorman



Your comments are valued. Donations aid the initiative to preserve Black-doll history. 

If you subscribe to DeeBeeGee’s Virtual Black Doll Museum™ by email, be sure to click the post title in the email, which links to the website to view all text and associated media. Please “like” and share this installation with your social media doll contacts. To subscribe, add your email address to the subscribe or sign-up field in the footer or right sidebar. 

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.

2 thoughts on “Amanda

  1. Absolutely marvelous creation!! I shared it with my entire doll club, Ann Arbor Doll Collectors, They were equally enthralled. Amanda’s reading on that Inauguration Day was the highlight. Of course, I would love to own her doll replica.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Thank you so much for your comment and for sharing this installation with your doll club, Ann Arbor Doll Collectors.


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: