Name: Sojourner Truth
Made by and When: Rachel McCullough Sherrod of Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls, October 2022
Material: Felt, cloth, body stuffing materials, and Kanekalon for the hair
Marks: Has a hang tag with the artist’s name, contact information, and the doll’s name
Height: 16 inches
Hair, Eyes, Mouth: The head is covered with a kerchief underneath which are neatly pinned up braids of Kanekalon; has painted brown eyes and a closed mouth
Clothes: Clothing consists of a dark-pink cotton plaid shirt, green plaid satin skirt with cotton trim, sweater-knit shawl with fringe trim, black boots, wire-rimmed glasses, a tan and white satin kerchief on the head, and a carpet bag.
Other: This one-of-a-kind portrait doll of Sojourner Truth was the event doll for The Blessing of the 2023 Sojourner Truth Traveling Stole, which was held on January 29, 2023, at the Shekinah Glory Tabernacle in Seattle, Washington. Rev. Dr. LaVerne C. Hall, who “dedicated her doctorate dissertation researching and learning all she could about Sojourner Truth… established each November as African American Clergy Women’s Awareness Month… It recognizes Sojourner Truth as well as other clergywomen that are in the business of developing congregations outside of a traditional church” (Hoos). In addition to owning a Sojourner Truth traveling stole, Dr. Hall has written a series of books about Sojourner Truth celebrating African American Women in ministry. The cover of her 5th book will feature the portrait doll of Sojourner Truth by Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls.
Hoos, Ashlee. “Truth traveling stole tells Sojourner Truth’s story.” KPC News.com The Herald Republican. June 21, 2021. https://www.kpcnews.com/heraldrepublican/article_c423db9b-a799-5c15-82d6-53ffc06bc7c4.html. Accessed 9 January 2023.
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