Saint Frances School for Colored Girls


Baltimore, Maryland
Mary Pets was a student at the Oblate School for Colored Girls in Baltimore, Maryland from 1830 until 1832. In August 1831 Mary received a "crown" for her excellent examination scores and overall scholastic performance. We believe that Mary worked on her sampler during the fall term and completed it in December 1831. The sampler is in the stylistic tradition of Baltimore building samplers worked by white middle and upper class girls attending several elite schools of the day. Such samplers are characterized by the tow story brick house with tow chimneys, mullioned windows and a paneled door with a transom over it. Mary change her composition by shifting the house to one side and filling the entire left side with a scene of a shepherd, shepherdess and a small flock of sheep, two large trees and birds. A large peacock in the center divides the sampler from the central motif.

To our knowledge this is the first Maryland sampler completed by an African American schoolgirl to be reproduced in a chart pack or kit.  The original sampler is held in the Oblate Sisters of Providence Archives in Baltimore, Maryland with other 19th century samplers worked by students of the Oblate Sisters of Providence.

An intermediate level sampler enthusiast should enjoy finishing this sampler. The vast majority of the sampler is finished in cross stitch. Included in the kit are a stitching chart, stitch descriptions and diagrams, and suggested linen and thread colors. The chart pack was designed by Barbara Hutson of Queenstown Sampler Designs.

Mary Pets Chart Pack   $26.00
Shipping & Handling       $2.00

Mary Pets Chart Packs may be ordered by sending a check or money order to:

Oblate Sisters of Providence Archives
701 Gun Rd.
Baltimore, MD  21227

To order by credit card please call: 410-242-1603  OR
You may also order securely online below:

Mary Pets Sampler Chart Pack
The Mary Pets chart pack was selected by the With MY Needle and Pen Newsletter as one of two group projects for 2009. 
Color images of six samplers worked by 19th century African American students are featured in our book Oblate Sisters of Providence, a Pictorial History. Click here for order information.
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