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Public display starts July 3rd, 2013.

Mansfield, Ma – June 28, 2013) – Sixteen stand-up (expressive art) dolls will be showcased at the State Library of Massachusetts in an exhibit entitled Doll E Daze:Footprints of African Americans in Transportation presented by the National Black Doll Museum and is the concept based on doll artisans Debra Britt and Tamara Mattison two sisters at the museum whose collage and mixed media work has garnered praise from doll collectors, educators and historians.

This exhibit, examines the impact that various modes of transportation played in the migration of enslaved Africans to freed African Americans. The dolls collaged bodies chronicles  the arduous journey to freedom from the early national period through the twentieth century and tell the story of the African American experience gathered over two hundred years of its existence, from  the historic contributions of  Joseph Cinque A. Philip Randolph, Congressmen Robert Smalls, Claudette Colvin and twelve other unsung heroes.

Stories of these great men & women and what they stood for is often told within the context of African American history, yet the real impact of their lives and mission far exceeds participation in U.S. transportation history it’s  how the contributions of unsung heroes of yesterday helped to forge advantages in today’s society.

 The dolls in this exhibit attest to the drama and achievement of this remarkable story. Although they give a, rich picture of more than 200 years of African American struggle and achievement, they represent only a rivulet of the collections at the National Black Doll Museum in Mansfield, Ma.

About The Museum: The National Black Doll Museum presented by the Doll E Daze Project Inc. has 5000 dolls of color in their collection Located 35 miles south of Boston in Mansfield, Ma it is the first Black doll museum in New England the second in the country and the only doll museum in the world whose collection chronicles the history of African Americans through the eyes of a doll collector.

About the Library: The State Library of Massachusetts was established in 1826 to collect, deposit, and house the Commonwealth’s collections of maps, statute books, and government documents in a single central location.  Since that time, the Library has grown into a multifaceted and reliable resource for legislators, executive personnel, state employees, historians, genealogists, and users from all over the world.

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It will be on display in the State Library of Massachusetts, located at the State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, room 341, from July 3-August 31.
The opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, July 11, from 2-4:00 p.m. and will feature brief remarks by artist/founder, Debra Britt, Board Directors of National Black Doll Museum; Fausto Pinna, and David Arruda. Refreshments will be provided by local restaurants. 
 For more information, call (774) 284-4729 or visit online: