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Placing Anna Ella Carroll in her rightful chair at the Cabinet table.

Placing Anna Ella Carroll in her rightful chair at the Cabinet table.


 

"Maryland's Version of 'The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Lincoln' " painted by Laura Era. 


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"Maryland's Version of 'The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Lincoln' " painted by Laura Era. 


Repainting History

Portrait Artist, Laura Era


Artist Laura Era paints the Unrecognized Member  
 of Abraham Lincoln’s Cabinet,  

Anna Ella Carroll
 

You  can’t keep a good woman down. Just ask well-known portrait artist and  gallery owner, Laura Era, who has dedicated many hours to bringing to  life the all-but-forgotten image of Anna Ella Carroll. More than a  century following Carroll’s death, after being ignored, oppressed,  and—literally—erased from history, Era has artfully restored Anna Ella  Carroll to her rightful place in history.


Anna  Ella Carroll was an intriguing and atypical 19th century woman who  emerged from the male-dominated realm of war, politics, and diplomacy.  As a key military strategist, Presidential advisor, and “unrecognized”  member of Abraham Lincoln’s Cabinet, Carroll was probably the most  powerful woman in America during the Civil War. Yet, her accomplishments  are virtually unknown. When Carroll died in 1894, deprived of honor,  title, pension, and acknowledgement, her life story was already  considered a model for the Women’s Suffrage Movement.  A modern  biographer described Carroll as “hands down the most important political  woman of the 19th century.”

Laura Era was commissioned by a local group that wanted to bring Anna’s story back to the forefront with a popular image. 


Anna  Ella Carroll was an intriguing and atypical 19th century woman who  emerged from the male-dominated realm of war, politics, and diplomacy.  As a key military strategist, Presidential advisor, and “unrecognized”  member of Abraham Lincoln’s Cabinet, Carroll was probably the most  powerful woman in America during the Civil War. Yet, her accomplishments  are virtually unknown. When Carroll died in 1894, deprived of honor,  title, pension, and acknowledgement, her life story was already  considered a model for the Women’s Suffrage Movement. A modern  biographer described Carroll as “hands down the most important political  woman of the 19th century.”includes the addition of Anna  Ella Carroll sitting in the previously empty chair and wearing the red shawl.


Carroll  was born at Kingston Hall in Somerset County, and later lived in  Dorchester County, Maryland also home to Laura Era, who has come to view  Anna as a kindred spirit. 

Original painting by F.B. Carpenter, 1864. Hangs in the Senate wing in the  US Capital.

Original painting by F.B. Carpenter, 1864. Hangs in the Senate wing in the US Capital.