African American-Native American Edmonia Lewis Honored with Commemorative Stamp

The United States Postal Service has announced a dedication ceremony on January 26th for the issuing of a commemorative Forever Stamp in honor of sculptor Edmonia Lewis. Lewis is the first mixed race, African American-Native American sculptor to receive international recognition, in the mid-19th century, after she had relocated from the United States to Rome, Italy. According to the Smithsonian, “Portrait busts of abolitionists and patrons such as Anna Quincy Waterston, and subjects depicting her dual African-American and Native American ancestry were her specialty.”

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