Meet ‘Miss Annie’ in Baltimore

Meredith Flynn —  June 9, 2014

Annie_ArmstrongTwelve charter buses of women toured Annie Armstrong’s Baltimore today, stopping at churches she attended or influenced, visiting her grave site, and praying over her city. The tour was part of the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting.

Some of the women even met Annie in person, or at least someone very much like her. At Woodbrook Baptist Church, formerly Eutaw Place Baptist, “Miss Annie” sat at an antique secretary once owned by Armstrong herself. She answered questions about her life, her work, and her possible meeting with fellow famed missionary Lottie Moon. (We’re not completely sure, but they might have met at a missionary commissioning service for Lottie’s sister, Edmonia.)

Others on the tour sat in chairs Miss Annie might also have sat in at Jesus Our Redeemer Church in Federal Hill, which was established as Lee Street Baptist in 1855. Each bus visited Federal Hill Park, where women prayer walked and looked over a formerly poor part of Baltimore that’s now home to the city’s rich and famous.

Becky Arnett, Janet Craynon and Evelyn Tully sit where Annie Armstrong could have sat, at Jesus the Redeemer Church in Baltimore.

Becky Arnett, Janet Craynon and Evelyn Tully sit where Annie Armstrong could have sat, at Jesus the Redeemer Church in Baltimore.

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Meredith is managing editor of the Illinois Baptist newspaper.