Maria Howard Weeden
Maria Howard Weeden (July 6, 1846 – April 12, 1905), who signed her play a part and published as Howard Weeden, was an American player and poet based in Huntsville, Alabama. After the American Civil War, she began to sell works she painted, which included portraits of many African-American freedmen and freedwomen. She exhibited her play in Berlin and Paris in 1895, where it was well received. She published four books of her poetry from 1898 to 1904, illustrated taking into consideration her own art. She was posthumously inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1998.