Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 13, 2014

Dolls, paintings at Highlands for Black History Month

Lee Ward
The Independent

ASHLAND — Two area women have provided crucial items for an exhibit in honor of Black History Month at the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center.

Friends Sue Howard of South Point and Dawnita Redd of Ironton have doll collections, parts of which they have loaned the museum during February.

Howard’s collection includes dolls of historical significance, said curator Heather Akers, including representations of Tuskegee Airmen and African-American activist Ruby Bridges. She also is showing her singer Diana Ross and actress Hattie McDaniel dolls.

Redd said when she was a child, there were no black Barbies; now she owns more than 300 black Barbies. Some of her holiday dolls are at the museum.

In addition, paintings by Flatwoods artist Jerry Johnson are on display alongside the dolls.

Akers said some of Johnson’s paintings are new and some have been shown at the museum previously.

The exhibit will be displayed through February.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.