We have all heard the legend, but here is an amazing backstory:
30 feet by 42 feet! A 50 pound flag! How high would the flagpole have been – and would it have been oak or iron back then? Hickory? It took six weeks for a widowed seamstress, her mother, a free black apprentice, and three teenage girls. I wonder if the story of the malt floor of a brewery was deliberately suppressed as being unpatriotic – or maybe later during the prohibition era?
Any seamstresses out there that know what ”superintended the topping” means? I asked my sister, a quilter like her grandmother, but she drew a blank.