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A stroll through a Baltimore antique shop has turned up an unsuspected treasure — a rare photograph of Mary Edmonia Lewis, the first 19th century African-American sculptor to receive international recognition.
he worn, 4″ by 2.5″ rectangle — the 19th century equivalent of a calling card — was found by the museum’s deputy director of audience engagement Jacqueline Copeland. Copeland was combing through a box of photographs of unnamed African-American men, women and children in the Baltimore store that wishes to remain anonymous.
“I was ecstatic when I realized that this unidentified black woman (posing) proudly and confidently in a 19th century dress was Edmonia Lewis, since so few images of her exist,” Copeland said in a news release.

A stroll through a Baltimore antique shop has turned up an unsuspected treasure — a rare photograph of Mary Edmonia Lewis, the first 19th century African-American sculptor to receive international recognition.

he worn, 4″ by 2.5″ rectangle — the 19th century equivalent of a calling card — was found by the museum’s deputy director of audience engagement Jacqueline Copeland. Copeland was combing through a box of photographs of unnamed African-American men, women and children in the Baltimore store that wishes to remain anonymous.

“I was ecstatic when I realized that this unidentified black woman (posing) proudly and confidently in a 19th century dress was Edmonia Lewis, since so few images of her exist,” Copeland said in a news release.

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