Inititially thought this was going to be PC-questionable collectors dolls from the 30s...
I have a fabric doll given to me by my aunt, who purchased it in New Orleans around 1953 or 1954. The doll is a rotund black woman wearing a red polka dot dress with a white apron and red kerchief on her yarn hair. It very much resembles a dear old woman who worked for my grandparents for many years. I saw her on a daily basis and she sometimes babysat me. She was a big part of my life and I loved her kind heart. That doll, while so politically incorrect, is special to me and I display it with some other childhood treasures. I wrestle with the worry of how other people might view what was called a Mammy doll. I moved it out of sight when some co-workers came to my house because I didn't want to accidentally offend anyone; but I felt guilty for hiding it because it was a cherished gift from someone I love and reminds me of someone I loved and have many good memories of. I still waffle about what is the right thing to do: Leave it on display and explain my attachment, leave it on display with no explanation, or remove it from sight on selective occasions.
I love the photos at the Blackdoll Flickr webite. They are pretty awesome.