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.