MILWAUKEE (AP) – A recent fire in a Milwaukee public school that dates back to 1894 resulted in an unusual find: an American flag left in an unused attic area for more than 100 years.

District officials say the flag is from 1897 and has just 45 stars, representing the number of states at that time. They said the flag has signs of wear, including some tears, and is believed to have been in the attic for 112 years.

The flag was found after lightning set fire to the steeple of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. K-8 School on April 25.

School officials said Thursday they plan to restore and display the flag.

AP-ES-05-29-09 0325EDT


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