National Black Doll Museum packing up due to coronavirus

Owner says it could not have come at a worse time

MANSFIELD, MA (WLNE) – One of Debra Britt’s proudest pieces at her National Black Doll Museum in Mansfield is the topsy-turvy doll. “It’s a two-sided doll made by enslaved mothers. One side is black the other side is white,” she says. “Slave owners didn’t want enslaved children to have anything that looked like them.”

Britt founded the museum that showcases African American history and culture through thousands and thousands of dolls. But due to Covid-19, they’re packing up shop. The museum was a destination for school kids and bus tours, but the space doesn’t allow for social distancing, so they’re looking for a new home. And Britt says it couldn’t have come at a worse time.

“People really need to know the history. And this is an easy look at history because we’re looking at it through dolls. We have dolls from black Wall Street. They weren’t just slaves and weren’t just making it through. We were thriving,” Britt says.

For now, Britt says her efforts will focus on an online presence, but they will be looking for a permanent home. You can learn more here

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