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Key’s “Star-Spangled Banner” Manuscript

Francis Scott Key's original manuscript of the Star-Spangled Banner (Courtesy of The Maryland Historical Society)

To mark the bicentennial of the Star-Spangled Banner, the Maryland Historical Society will loan Francis Scott Key’s original manuscript of the “Star-Spangled Banner” lyrics to the museum for a special short-term display, reuniting it with the flag he saw at “dawn’s early light.”