National Anthem

Smithsonian Magazine

BALTIMORE (AP) - The words "Racist Anthem" have been painted on a monument to the man who wrote the "Star-Spangled Banner."

The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday that the words were written at the base of the Francis Scott Key monument in the city's downtown.

Besides the black lettering, it appeared to be splashed with red and black paint.

Police are investigating. But they have no suspects.

Key penned what is now the national anthem when he was being held captive by the British during the War of 1812.

Maurice Garland Fulton / creative commons

BALTIMORE (AP) - As part of a weeklong celebration of the Star-Spangled Banner's 200th birthday, 30 naval vessels and tall ships will arrive in Baltimore's harbor.

Ships from around the world, including vessels from Canada, Norway, Germany, Spain and Turkey, will dock at Locust Point, Fort McHenry and the Inner Harbor. Many of the tall ships will be on public display between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., from Sept. 11 to 16.

The ships are part of the Star-Spangled Spectacular, an event to commemorate the bicentennial of the writing of America's national anthem.