"BESSIE SMITH From the "HISTORICAL " Series - 1909
Each figurine is dated and engraved with the artist's signature. LIKE NEW/NEW CONDITION - BOX has age as this was purchased many years ago. COMBINED SHIPPING OFFERED ON MULTI-PURCHASES FOR SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS
"Bessie Smith (1894-1937) was known as the "Empress of the Blues" because of her incredible musical talent. In 1923 her record "Down hearted Blues/Gulf Coast Blues" was the first recoridng by a black singer to sell over a million copies. She hold an honored place as one of the most important women in the history of the United States.
The All God's Children® line of AFRICAN AMERICAN RESIN FIGURINES began in 1985 when Martha Holcombe-Root, affectionately known as Miss Martha, sculpted her first black figurines and christened them with the name All God's Children®. Each figurine is faithfully reproduced from Miss Martha's original sculpts, individually handcrafted with a blend of crushed pecan shells and resin and is proudly made in USA. Each delightful sculpture has its own unique personality and story.
The artist, inspired to help raise money to repair the leaky roof of her church and without a job and with three children to raise, sought God's guidance. What started out as a desire to help repair the church, quickly turned into a booming business.