The American Girl doll company recently released its newest doll Cecile Rey, the second black character in the historic doll collection. Cecile Rey comes 17 years after the company’s first black character, Addy Walker, the run-away slave.
Cecile’s story has been more welcomed than Addy’s. Growing up in New Orleans in 1853, Cecile is excited about Mardi Gras and the upcoming parties in her town. She is most excited about attending the Children’s Ball, and she is on the search for the perfect costume. Cecile’s story is accompanied by another doll, Marie-Grace Gardner, her new (white) friend. The story of the two girls challenges the boundaries of race and class in friendship during this time period.