‘Racist Anthem’: Monument to ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ writer defaced


A Baltimore monument to Francis Scott Key was defaced early Wednesday, according to a new report.

Police responded to a report of vandalism at 6:30 a.m. and found the 106-year-old statue splattered with red and pink paint and the words “Racist Anthem,” and “Slave Owner,” scrawled in black on its base, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Key wrote the poem, Star Spangled Banner, which would later become the national anthem, on this day exactly 203 years ago, while aboard a British ship during the War of 1812.READ MORE

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