Claudette Colvin Tribute Doll

Name:  Claudette Colvin

Made by and When:  Rachel McCullough Sherrod of Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls, January 2022

Material:  Wool-blend felt (face, legs, and arms); cotton blend (torso and head), knit sweater material, and plaid flannel

Marks: The hangtag bears the doll’s name, the artist’s name, address, and the year made

Height: 16 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Hand-made black Kanekalon wig, painted brown eyes, painted smiling mouth with painted teeth

Clothes: Blue sweater with mock button front, plaid flannel skirt, undergarment, white socks, and black and white saddle oxfords

Other: Part of the artist’s Heritage Dolls series, Claudette Colvin represents the 15-year-old teen who on March 2, 1955, was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white woman in Birmingham, Alabama. Colvin’s arrest occurred nine months before Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a male passenger in the same segregated city and state.


Additional Reading and a Video

Read more about Ms. Colvin here.

In the following video, Claudette Colvin recounts her refusal to give up her bus seat which led to her subsequent arrest.


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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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