(CNN) Illustrator Candace Jean Andersen was doing some research for a children’s book on orcas when she stumbled into a mystery.
In an old article, she discovered a photo of scientists at the 1971 International Conference on the Biology of Whales in Virginia. And she noticed something: Amid the sea of male faces — 37 of them — was a lone woman, her face partially obscured.
The article named all the men, but the African-American woman was listed as “not identified.”
“Not identified, why? Who is she? What did she contribute to the conference? What’s HER story?” Andersen wondered.