Mary Pickersgill (1776-1857) was a well-regarded flagmaker in
Baltimore, Maryland. In 1813 she was approached by U.S. military representatives to make an oversized United States flag that would fly over Fort McHenry, the army post that guarded the Baltimore harbor.
This flag was to become what we know as the Star-Spangled Banner.
A Family of Flagmakers
Mary Young was born into a family of flagmakers. Her mother, Rebecca, was so well-regarded that she had been commissioned to make the very first U.S. flag ordered by George Washington. Continue reading