Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween! ~ Legend of Black Aggie

This post was originally written October 31, 2010. Aggie needed to make a reappearance for this special day.

Grow up in Maryland? You knew about Black Aggie. She was part of Baltimore urban legend. The whisper of her name could send chills down your spine!

Many "adventurous" teens visited her in Druid Ridge Cemetery. This girl? No way! Friends would share stories of the meeting with Aggie. Many of those may have been a wee bit exaggerated. Oh, the imagination of youth!

Black Aggie was a monument, located at the General Felix Agnus family plot. She was made of black marble and sat gazing at the ground.

Over the years, Aggie became part of college fraternity initiations. One story circulated that a student was found dead one morning of fright. After each "occurrence" the legend grew.

Some said at midnight her eyes would glow red. If you were caught gazing into those eyes, you could be blinded! Another stated that if a pregnant women passed Aggie's shadow, she would suffer a miscarriage.

Curiosity seekers continued to visit Aggie, no matter the consequences. Eventually the family, weary of people visiting her at night, donated the statue to the Smithsonian Institution. Subsequently, Aggie was moved and forgotten.

That was until a writer named Shara Terjung decided to write an article about Aggie. Shara became fascinated with the legend and was determined find her location.

After contacting the Smithsonian she received a call before Halloween. The statue was housed in a dusty storeroom at the National Museum of American Art.
Sometime later, Black Aggie was moved to the courtyard of the Dolly Madison house, Washington D.C. Next time you are in the area, make sure to pay homage to this legend. Maybe at night? You might have an "interesting" experience.
Happy Halloween!


  1. As kids, my older brothers always taunted me with talk of Black Aggie, even though we lived nowhere near the area. I think I'll need to visit the legend next time in DC!

  2. Crazy story! I love it! Will keep Aggie in mind if I get to DC one of these days.