- The black dolls were first made by mothers and grandmothers in Africa for their children and handmade from old fabric and cloth.
- The Dolls were very colourful, with big eyes and smiley face. It was a tradition.
- This tradition travelled to the Americas during the transatlantic slave trade, where black mothers and grandmothers continued to make black dolls for their children. The children called the dolls Golly a variation of ‘Dolly’.