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Mary Edmonia Lewis (ca. July 4, 1844–September 17, 1907) was an African American and Native American sculptor who worked for most of her career in Rome. She gained fame and recognition as a sculptor in the international fine arts world. Her work is known for incorporating themes relating to black and American Indian people into Neoclassical style sculpture. At the end of the 19th century, the only black woman who had participated in and been recognized to any degree by the American artistic mainstream. She emerged during the crisis-filled days of the Civil War. In 2002, the scholar Molefi Kete Asante listed Edmonia Lewis on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans.

Age: 62 (age at death)
Died: 17 September, 1907, Place of Death
Height: Height unknown
Nationality: American
Claim to Fame: Sculpture Forever Free, 1867, Hagar, 1875, Old Arrow-Maker and his Daughter, 1866


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