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What a time for African Americans to stand proud. This fall is the 150th anniversary of Maryland Emancipation, finally declaring an end to slavery in our state. What would a celebration be without its guests? So, we’re inviting you to celebrate with us.

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Current Exhibitions

For Whom It Stands

On view May 17, 2014 to February 28, 2015

While many Americans learned that Betsy Ross was the maker of the nation’s first flag in the 1770s, that portion of flag history continues to be debated due to lack of substantive documentation. In Maryland, we know that during the War of 1812 flag maker Mary Pickersgill sewed the original Star-Spangled Banner in a house on the same city block as the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Before becoming a national icon, the flag was worked on also by Grace Wisher, a young African American indentured servant in Pickersgill’s household. Wisher’s story is little known. This forthcoming exhibition from the Reginald F. Lewis Museum highlights Wisher’s contribution as it investigates the broader history and representation of the United States flag as an icon of our nation and its people.

TeKeyia and David by Sheila Pree Bright

 

 

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