Little Known Black History Fact: Mary Edmonia Lewis

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Mary Edmonia Lewis is the first credited African American and Indian female sculptor in the U.S.  She was nicknamed “wildfire” by her mother’s Indian community, the Ojibwe. She would add the first name of Mary while attending Oberlin College, which is also the name that she signed on her sculptures. Just recently The Walters Art Museum announced the discovery of a rare photo of Mary E. Lewis.  The image is dated around 1874, when Lewis was in her early thirties. It is one of eight rare photos found of the early black sculptor.

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