Edmonia Lewis ( Walters Art Museum ) "Another of my nominees for attention this month is a mixed-race woman named Edmonia Lewis, who battled prejudice against women, African Americans and Native Americans to become a skilled sculptor in the 19th century," writes DeRamus. "Some prospective customers found it so hard to believe she'd created the pieces she sold that they demanded to watch her work." -latimes
Edmonia Lewis (ca. July 4, 1844 – September 17, 1907) was an African/Native American sculptor (African, Ojibwe and Haitian) who worked for most of her career in Rome. Her heritage is African-American and Native American and she gained fame and recognition as a sculptor in the international fine arts world.