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ASALH Samuel L. Banks Branch “GRACE WISHER WAY” Street Sign Ceremony
July 3, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Street Sign Ceremony is to Honor “The Lost Story of Grace Wisher” who was sold for $12.00 to Baltimore’s flag maker Mary Young Pickersgill under the Orphan Law of 1797, passed by the Maryland General Assembly. Grace (a Negro Child) was about 13 years old when sold December 10, 1810. Grace Wisher has been recorded to helping craft the Star Spangled Banner which flew over Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore’s War of 1812-1814. Grace Wisher’s service inspired Francis Scott Key’s poem which became the country’s national Anthem in 1931. Her story is just one of the Lost Treasures of Black (African-American) historical stories in Baltimore City. Grandmother Edna Williams (Historian of Samuel L. Banks Branch), independent Artist & Activist of A Grandmother’s Pilgrimage Inc.