Black History Paper Dolls


Celebrate Black history while making a set of printable dress-up and magnetic paper dolls of fifteen inspiring people who changed the world!

You can also buy this product as a part of the Black History Bundle. This listing is for a downloadable PDF file. Print and cut as many copies as you want!


The Black History Paper Doll Set features costumes of fifteen inspiring people who have changed the world while often working against racial prejudice. They are scientists, writers, explorers, activists, and more. What unites them here is that each of them did something extraordinary—and they worked hard to get there.

This set was made:

  • to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black people 
  • to bring awareness to the struggles that they have faced through centuries of racial prejudice
  • to tell about some inspiring firsts (did you know who was the first female self-made millionaire in the USA? who won four gold medals at the Olympic games? )
  • to touch on some interesting social history facts (in particular, this set introduces a few fun facts about clothes through history—why men of the 18th century wore wigs and what is the symbolic meaning of a headwrap)

Included in the set, you will find:

  • six dolls (two full-colour, two black-and-white to colour your own, plus, a bonus doll base with a moustache)
  • fifteen costumes (one full-colour and one black-and-white to colour your own)
  • a little information about the costume itself
  • information cards with a little biography of each inspiring person featured in the set
  • a PNG archive of designs to help you scale the dolls and the costumes up or down OR to use with your silhouette cutting machine (it is optimized for cutting with Silhouette Portrait/Cameo, but can also be used with Cricut)

Included are Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, Mae Jemison, Thurgood Marshall, Alexandre Dumas, Madam C.J. Walker, Charles R. Drew, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, Jesse Owens, Barack Obama, and Joseph Bologne.



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