Edmonia Lewis shaped her own identity in clay and marble, becoming one of the most renowned sculptors of the 19th century.
In early 20th-century Harlem, gambling belonged to “Madame Queen.”
Georgia Gilmore played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement—one of feeding and funding those at the frontlines. A marvelous cook, she took it upon herself to bring together a secret society-esque group of women who used food to fuel the movement.
With kitty litter, Ed Lowe changed how cats and humans bonded. But not everyone understood the idea: One woman tried feeding it to her cat.
From the 1920s to the 1940s, Oscar Micheaux led the way in shining a spotlight on Black culture in the movies.