America Meredith (Cherokee), “Edmonia Lewis: Wildfire”

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March 9, 2016
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Edmonia Lewis
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Born in New York to an Ojibway mother and a Haitian father, Edmonia Lewis (ca. 1844-1911) was the first African American woman to gain international acclaim as a sculptor. Finding the racial climate in America unbearable, Lewis moved to Rome in 1866.