Mary Edmonia Lewis

Mary Edmonia Lewis

On July 4, 1833 Mary Edmonia Lewis, also known as “Wildfire”, American sculptor, of mixed African-American and Native American heritage was born. She was the first sculptor of African American and Native American (Mississauga) descent to achieve international recognition. Her father was Black, and her mother was Chippewa (Ojibwa) Indian. Born free in Upstate New York, she worked for most of her career in Rome, Italy. (Wikipedia)

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  • “Child of the Fire: Mary Edmonia Lewis and the Problem of Art History’s Black and Indian Subject” | Duke University Press
  • “The Fabulous Sculpture and Mysterious Life of Edmonia Lewis” | DailyArt


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