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Monday, August 8, 2011

American Girl unveils 2 characters, one journey through New Orleans in 1853

For the first time in American Girl's 25-year history, the company is introducing two different historical characters, Cecile Rey(TM) and Marie-Grace Gardner(TM), in one six-book series set in 1850s New Orleans. The new characters--one African American and one Caucasian--show the power of friendship and community as they reach across the boundaries of race and class to help their families, friends, and city during a time of great need. To celebrate Cecile and Marie-Grace's debut and the rich musical tradition of New Orleans, American Girl has partnered with 13-year-old Kate Connick and her father, world-renowned musician and actor Harry Connick, Jr., to create an original song--"A Lot Like Me"--with all proceeds benefiting the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans.

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