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Century-Old Francis Scott Key Monument Defaced With ‘Racist Anthem’ in Baltimore

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By Sean Langille | 13 September 2017

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A 106-year-old statue honoring Star Spangled Banner writer Francis Scott Key was defaced in Baltimore early Wednesday.

Officials say they received a report that the monument had been vandalized around 6:30 a.m., painted with the words, “Racist Anthem.”

The ground near the monument was also painted with the the third stanza of Key’s anthem which states, “No refuge could save, Hireling or slave From terror of flight, Or gloom of grave,” The Baltimore Sun reported.

Key’s monument is made mostly of marble, with a gold base and a gold statue of the famed anthem written on top. Police say the monument was tagged with black lettering and red paint. […]

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