Edmonia Lewis (1845 - 1890)


Lewis, America's first black woman sculptor, was born to a Chippewa mother and a free black father. After being orphaned at age twelve, she was adopted by abolitionist parents. Lewis received a scholarship to study at Oberlin College in Ohio and developed into an accomplished Neo-classical sculptor. She went to Rome, where she worked and exhibited with Harriet Hosmer and other famous female sculptors. In her most important works, she depicted major Native American figures, expressed her interest in black history, and incorporated images of heroic women.

 

 Sojourner Truth

  Mary Ann Shad Cary

 Frances Harper

 Maria Stewart

 Marian Anderson

  Prudence Crandall

 Zora Neale Hurston

 Harriet Beecher Stowe

 Josephine Baker

 Milla Granson

 Edmonia Lewis

  Harriet Tubman

 Mary McLeod Bethune

 Angelina Grimke

  Mary Livermore

 Margaret M. Washington

 Anna Ella Carroll

 Sarah Grimke

 Bessie Smith

 Ida B. Wells

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