Inmates Sewing 1812 Flags

Md. prison inmates sewing 1812 flag replicas

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011  |  Updated 7:28 AM EDT
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Made in China?  Try Jessup, instead.

Some Maryland prison inmates are sewing copies of the original Star-Spangled Banner to help people celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

Seven inmates of the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup make U.S. and Maryland flags for sale to Maryland public agencies and nonprofits.  It's a tradition that has gone on for more than 70 years.

The Division of Correction says the Star-Spangled banner flags have 15 stars and 15 stripes. Sixty of the flags have been sold so far.

The original Star-Spangled Banner was raised Sept. 14, 1814, over Fort McHenry to signal a U.S. victory over the British in the Battle of Baltimore. You can still see the flag today in a unique exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of American History on the National Mall. Check it out here.

The flag inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that became our national anthem.

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