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What Black Paper Dolls Tell Us About American History

Paper dolls have been popular toys for children for centuries, but the black versions of these toys often depict racial stereotypes that reflect how society viewed African Americans. 


  • Arabella Grayson is a writer, photographer and the collector of over 300 black paper dolls from around the world. Her collection is the latest exhibition at the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures in Kansas City.

The exhibit featuring Grayson's collection, "Stereotypes to Civil Rights: Black Paper Dolls in America" will be on display at the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures through August. An opening reception takes place Friday, February 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the museum. 

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
In addition to being KCUR's afternoon newscaster, Lisa Rodriguez covers city hall and other news around Kansas City. Follow her on Twitter @larodrig.