As We See Ourselves: Black Doll Art Exhibit and Event

Members of Charm City Dolls stand behind a display of their Black dolls.

Saturday, Feb 11
10 am – 6 pm
HCLS Miller Branch
For all ages. Register here to receive an email reminder.

In honor of Black History Month, the Charm City Dolling Club of Maryland celebrates its 25th anniversary with As We See Ourselves, an exhibit in appreciation of Black dolls. The exhibit, on display during February at Miller Branch, includes dolls made from a wide array of media such as wood, polymer clay, cloth, porcelain, vinyl, and gourds. Marty Bass from WJZ-TV talked to the club members about the exhibit.

A selection of Black dolls in various styles and costumes.

The exhibit kicks off with an all-day educational and informative event that celebrates the history of dolls, Black dolls, and the people who love them. Members of Charm City Dolling Club of Maryland, a member of the United Federation of Doll Clubs (UFDC), will be available to guide and answer questions.

Charm City Dolling Club’s story begins in the early 1990s, when doll collecting was the second-most popular hobby in the United States behind stamp collecting. It was an exciting time to be a doll lover! There were doll auctions, doll-making classes, shows, and more. Charm City Dolling Club (CCDC) educates the public on doll history, with a special focus on Black dolls.

Storyteller and keynote speaker Janice Curtis Greene in costume as Harriet Tubman, wearing a brown dress, and white lace shawl, a white jabot, and a black headwrap.
Storyteller and keynote speaker Janice Curtis Greene in costume as Harriet Tubman.

The club meets on the second Saturday of each month, September through May. They are always looking for new members interested in being educated about dolls and are willing to educate others about dolls. To request a membership application or get more information, email Don Wilson, Membership Committee Chair, at

Visit to learn more about the United Federation of Doll Clubs.

Speakers include:
Keynote Speaker: Janice Curtis Greene, storyteller, American Griot, and Artist in Residence at the Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.
Deborah Butler Johnson, collector and recognized authority on Black dolls.
Barbara Stone, past president of the UFDC.
Goldie Wilson, doll artist, historian, and author.

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