Racist Anthem

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A statue honoring the composition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" has been defaced in Baltimore.

News outlets report that red paint was sprayed on the statue in Baltimore's Patterson Park. The words "Racist Anthem" were sprayed on a sidewalk leading up to the statue Monday morning.

The statue was built in 1914, paid for with pennies collected by Baltimore schoolchildren.

In September, a city statue dedicated to the anthem's author, Francis Scott Key, was defaced.

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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.