This article from Smithsonian Magazine gives a great overview of the career of an amazing sculptress who fought to create her career in the white male dominated art world of the 19th Century. As a person of color, Edmonia Lewis had to contend with racism; as a women, she had to work against sexism; and her lack of funding made it difficult for her to pay for formal training and sculpting assistance. She persevered against all of this, and created art that is completely glorious. As the article points out, it is unfortunate that much of her art has been lost. Although the article only scratches the surface, it’s a great starting point for those interested in discovering this amazing artist.