Mary Edmonia Lewis (ca. July 1845 – ca. was the African American & Native American woman to gain fame & recognition as a sculptor in the international fine arts world. She was of African American, Haitian & Ojibwe descent.
Carte-de-visite portrait of Edmonia Lewis African American Sculptor. She had a Chippewa mother and a free black father; orphaned at age twelve, she was adopted. She studied in Rome and worked and exhibited with Harriet Hosmer, and others.