The Latimer/Edison gallery at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is shaped like a donut. The outer wall is currently featuring six large paintings by Dominican-born artist Firelei Báez. Representations of forty-seven historical black women from all walks of life and across different eras float on floral patterns and are sometimes overlaid with hand-written text. Báez gathers them as if having friendly intergenerational conversations and groups them into three distinct but overlapping categories: mind, body and spirit. She assigns each category a corresponding color scheme based on Yoruba goddesses with the blue gatherings representative of academia, yellow paintings feature artists and entertainers, and red compositions are reserved for activists and community leaders. Echoes of the extraordinary lives and achievements of these women are found on the inner walls of the gallery where archival photographs, notes, and letters from the Schomburg Center serve as the written preservation of their legacies and where glass panels provide a glimpse of the quiet research rooms beneath where future scholars examine and contextualize the exceptional and diverse histories of black culture. At the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture through November 24.