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Lewis Museum exhibit makes USA Today list

One of Baltimore’s Star-Spangled Banner exhibits has been named by USA Today as one of the “Top 10 Must-See Exhibits this Summer.”

For Whom it Stands: The Flag and the American People will be on display from May 17 to Feb. 28, 2015, at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History.

The exhibit is inspired by Grace Wisher, a 13-year-old African-American girl who helped to create the first Star-Spangled Banner. Wisher was the indentured servant to the household of Mary Pickersgill, who sewed the first American flag during the War of 1812.

The exhibit will include art, artifacts, documents and photographs to tell the stories of the American flag.

The exhibit’s debut this year fits in with the Star-Spangled Spectacular coming up this fall. Visit Baltimore and Fort McHenry have also announced that they will be promoting a summer full of historical activities building up to the September event.

For the Lewis Museum, another highly publicized exhibit, the Kinsey Collection, paid off by attracting record crowds. That was a welcome accomplishment for the museum, which was haunted by its original 2005 projection for annual attendance, and has been working to increase its actual numbers.

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