Mary Edmonia Lewis,1844–1907. First African American & Native American woman to gain fame & recognition as a sculptor in the International Fine Arts world. Ms Lewis attended Oberlin College in 1882 and lived in Boston for a time before moving to Rome. She spent most of her adult career in Rome and until recently it was assumed she had died there. However she appears to have died in London,Eng. in the Hammersmith. Her work, The Death of Cleopatra is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Vintage photo of Kate Murphy By deflam, Flickr
Students from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, early 1900's.