Adrienne Krozack – Flag House Scholar 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 winner, Adrienne Krozack!

A bit about our winner:

Adrienne Krozack is a senior at Kent Island High School. She enjoys studying history, the visual and performing arts, and participating in various clubs and service organizations that work to improve the lives of those in her school and community. Adrienne is a delegate for the class of 2018 in the Student Government Association, a treasurer for the National Honor Society, and was a treasurer and an executive leadership board member for Students Against Destructive Decisions. Adrienne has also participated in the National French Honor Society, the National English Honor Society, the
global Destination Imagination competition, and the Davy Dance Academy Senior dance
company. Additionally, she serves as a lead cantor singer for St. Christopher’s Church.
Adrienne was recognized as a National Merit Scholar for her performance in the PSATs
in 2016 and has received the Honor Roll Award for academic excellence in grades one through
twelve. She was awarded the Sportsmanship Award and the National Scholar Athlete Award
for varsity dance team. Additionally, Adrienne was nominated to join the United States Dance Team and compete at the International Dance Organization competition in 2017 and 2018.
In the fall, Adrienne plans to attend Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah,
Georgia. She will study production design, with a focus in costume design for film and theatre.

2018 Question:

Baltimore is often called ‘The Monumental City’ because of its many monuments dedicated to individuals like George Washington, Edgar Allan Poe, and Cal Ripken. Recently, Baltimore’s controversial Confederate monuments and statues came under scrutiny and were ultimately removed. An article in the Baltimore Sun on August 30, 2017, stated that Mayor Catherine Pugh, “appointed a task force of city workers to decide where the statues should go and what ‘creative ideas’ should replace them.”

If you were to submit a design for a monument recognizing Mary Pickersgill, what would it look like? Where would it be located and why? How would it differ from monuments dedicated to other people such as artists, athletes, or to those who participated in the War of 1812?

Adrienne’s Essay:

If I were to design a monument honoring the incredible contributions Mary Pickersgill
made to the War of 1812 and to society, the monument would depict Mary Pickersgill
constructing the flag flown during the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry, as well as those who
helped her construct the flag. These individuals would include her thirteen-year-old daughter,
Caroline; her mother, Rebecca Young; her nieces, Eliza Young and Margaret Young; and
thirteen-year-old African American indentured servant, Grace Wisher.
Mary Pickersgill would be standing in the center, sewing the flag by hand, while the
others would be kneeling or sitting around her, piecing together the red and white strips of
English wool bunting fabric. In this way, Mary Pickersgill would be highlighted from the rest,
but the other women that helped construct the flag would also be included. It is important to
include the other contributors to the flag in order to honor Pickersgill’s efforts to empower and
assist women, specifically widows and children. She served as President for the Impartial Female
Humane Society from 1828 to 1851. Her greatest success in the Impartial Society was lobbying
for the increase of wages for the Baltimore city seamstresses by 50%. Additionally, Pickersgill
fundraised for and constructed the first aged women’s home, which opened in 1851. In 1864, a
men’s facility was added to the home, and it was moved to Baltimore County in the 1950s,
renaming itself the Pickersgill Retirement Community. In 1811, Pickersgill granted school
vouchers to children in impoverished families. Including the women that helped Pickersgill
construct the flag not only honors Pickersgill’s contribution to creating a national symbol of
patriotism but also captures Pickersgill’s passion for addressing social issues.
This monument differs from other War of 1812 monuments because it depicts the
techniques she used to make the flag, and it would be the only monument to specifically focus on
women’s contribution to the War. Additionally, this monument would be the only monument for
the War of 1812 to include an African American indentured servant. This is important because it
would also honor the contribution that the African American community made to the War.
When I had a field trip visiting Fort McHenry in elementary school, I, unfortunately, did
not learn about Mary Pickersgill. I feel that if this monument were to be located near the flagpole
at Fort McHenry, then more people would know about the important contribution Mary
Pickersgill made to the War of 1812, and to present-day patriotism.