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Shirley Chisholm, 2008

Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to Congress, represented a Brooklyn district for more than a decade. In 2009, the House of Representatives honored her pathbreaking service with a newly commissioned portrait. Congresswoman Chisholm’s independence and outspokenness are on full display in the portrait’s bold portrayal of the legendary lawmaker.

Oil on canvas, Kadir Nelson, 2008, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

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