Edmonia Lewis was the first African American artist to earn international fame for her artwork. She earned a living as a sculptor and portraitist and was famous for several of her works, including a bust of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw of which she sold over 100 plaster copies. Born Mary Edmonia Lewis in 1844 in New York State, Edmonia was actually African American and Native American. Her mother was of Mississauga Ojibwe and African descent, while her father was Haitian of African descent.
Flashback Thursday: Derek Jeter (African-American, Irish, German) [American]Known as: Famous Professional Baseball Player (Plays Shortstop for the New York Yankees)Awards/Accolades: 13 time MLB All-Star, 5 time World Series Champion, 5 time Golden Glove Award winner, 4 time Silver Award winner, 2 time AL Hank Aaron Award winner, 2000 World Series MVP, 2000 All-Star Game MVP, 1996 AL Rookie of the Year, Yankees All-Time leader in Hits, Games Played and Stolen Bases | Mixed American Life