Pitcher by Grace S. Apgar, 1963
Gift of Governor and Mrs. Richard Hughes. 1982.40.2
In 1963, New Jersey's Grace S. Apgar fashioned this whimsical pitcher into the shape of Revolutionary War heroine Molly Pitcher Hays for the wife of the governor of New Jersey. Born Mary Ludwig near Trenton, Molly Pitcher got her name after carrying pitchers of water to her husband and other thirsty soldiers during the Battle of Monmouth, New Jersey, in June 1778 and became a popular figure in New Jersey and American history.