Name: Juneteenth Paper Dolls
Illustrated By: Nova M. Edwards
Published By and When: LVK Paper Dolls, Nova Edwards, 2015
Sizes: The book measures 11 x 8-1/2 inches. Including the stand, the dolls are 10 inches tall.
Description: Two paper dolls (Georgia Mae and Nora) with attached stands commemorate June 19, 2015, as the 150-year anniversary of the announcement of the abolishment of slavery. The set includes instructions, a description of Juneteenth which includes images of the Emancipation Proclamation, two paper dolls, five 19th-century illustrated dresses for each paper doll, attached stands, and an envelope created for storing the paper dolls and clothes. The paper dolls are printed on lightweight paper, which is the same weight used for the illustrated clothes.
Other: From the back cover, “On June 19, 1865, two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s official January 1, 1863, Emancipation Proclamation, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and that the slaves were free. These two beautiful paper dolls celebrate that important event in American History.”
At the time this paper doll book was published, Juneteenth was not a federal holiday. However, many Black Americans have celebrated Juneteenth since June 19, 1866, to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a bill into law making Juneteenth a federal holiday and proclaimed it as Juneteenth National Independence Day.
About the Artist: (Also from the back cover) “Nova Edwards creates original, historical, and personalized portrait paper dolls. Her paper dolls are sold online through Amazon and Etsy… In 2015, she was part of the Sacramento Juneteenth Celebration’s Education Theater where she was a presenter and sold her Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth Paper Doll set as well as her Juneteenth Paper Dolls. In addition, her paper dolls have been sold at the Crocker Art Museum Store in Sacramento, CA; the Eugene Field House Museum in St. Louis, MO; and the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation in N.Y.”
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