Google Doodle Celebrates Life of Edmonia Lewis

Today, Google's homepage Doodle is of Edmonia Lewis, a 19th century American sculptor who was the first woman of African American and Native American heritage to achieve international fame, Google reports.

"Today, we celebrate her and what she stands for — self-expression through art, even in the face of adversity," Google wrote.

Lewis was born in 1844 and enrolled at Oberlin College by age 15, however she was unable to complete her degree because of unruly discrimination. She soon after apprenticed under Edward A. Brackett, a sculptor from Boston known for collaborations with abolitionists.  

Carving cultural themes with Neoclassical style into her marble sculpting, Lewis settled in Rome and was greatly adored and recognized for her work until her death in 1907.

The doodle reflects her Native American name, "Wildfire," with gold lettering and an image of her carving her famous "The Death of Cleopatra" piece, which is recognized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum as "the most remarkable piece of sculpture in the American section" of the D.C. Museum.

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