Associated Press Reminds Us That Francis Scott Key Owned Slaves

March 27, 2024

Associated Press: Francis Scott Ket Owned Slaves

The Key Bridge in Baltimore collapsed in the early hours of March 26, sending an estimated six people to their deaths.  The bridge was named after Francis Scott Key.  After watching the British bombardment of Fort McHenry from Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812, Key wrote a poem that would later become The Star-Spangled Banner.

On the day of the tragic Key Bridge disaster, an Associated Press reporter used the incident to bring up the fact that Francis Scott Key owned slaves.  The search for victims is ongoing, the reason why the container ship struck the bridge is not clear, and the economic and logistical impacts are still being analyzed.  But thank you, AP, for giving us important context about Francis Scott Key.




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