Wool, cotton, linen, metal grommets
Overall: 38 1/2 x 75 in. ( 97.8 x 190.5 cm )
Wool machine sewn U.S. flag with thirty-six cotton hand applied white stars (six rows of six stars) on each side of the blue canton; thirteen red and white stripes; natural linen hoist with metal grommets at each end.
According to the donor, this flag was flown during the Draft riots of 1863. Several private homes along Fifth Avenue opened their doors to African-American refugees fleeing from Irish mobs who feared competition from newly freed blacks under the Emancipation Proclamation. This flag was flown over the Bushnell boarding-house from a top story window to notify those fleeing that a guard at the basement would give them admission. A tenant, wife of Maj. Gen. Solomon Merideth, preserved the flag.
Gift of Emma D. Wilcox, M.D.
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