Ruby Bridges #1 and the Series

Name: Ruby Bridges #1 and the Ruby Bridges Doll Series

Made by and When: Gloria Y. Rone, 2021

Material: Polymer clay

Marks: Signed and dated by the artist

Height: 9 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black hair sculpted from polymer clay, sculpted and painted side-glancing eyes, smiling mouths with painted teeth

Clothes: The single Ruby Bridges doll wears a white dress with a large hair bow, has a pencil, ruler, and a notebook all handmade by the artist.

The Ruby Bridges series dolls wear a white handmade dress, matching hair bows, and a faux pearl necklace. They hold a small bag that holds a pencil, ruler, and a notebook all handmade by the artist.

All dolls have a hangtag that bears an image of young Ruby Bridges.

Other: Made in tribute to the trailblazing child and now adult activist, Ruby Bridges, Gloria’s dolls are hand-sculpted of polymer clay with painted features. The single doll is her first Ruby Bridges. She went on to make a series of nine other dolls, four of which are shown in the group photograph.

At age 6, Ruby Bridges integrated the William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, Louisiana following the 1954 Supreme Court decision that segregated schools were unconstitutional in the United States. All states were given 20 years to desegregate schools. In 1960, New Orleans, Louisiana began the school desegregation process. Ruby was chosen, after being tested, as one of the students to enroll in William Frantz Elementary School. Because of venomous opposition from White residents, for her safety and the safety of her parents, the child was escorted to school by U. S. Marshals. White parents refused to allow their children to be in the same class as Ruby. Because of this, she spent the entire year of first grade as her White teacher’s only student.

Gallery (Photographs courtesy of Gloria Y. Rone)

Ruby Bridges #1 by Gloria Y. Rone
Four of a series of nine Ruby Bridges dolls by Gloria Y. Rone

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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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