Edmonia Lewis

January 22, 2018

Edmonia Lewis was a renowned neoclassical sculptor in the late 1800s. However, her name is not widely known, and her work often falls under the radar. Not only did she lead a remarkable life, but so did one of her most important works, "Death of Cleopatra". Join the Babes as they discuss the life and career of Edmonia Lewis, the first female African American sculptor to gain international acclaim.


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