Francis Scott Key Monument

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Francis Scott Key Monument
Key Monument Eutaw Place Baltimore MD1.jpg
Artist Antonin Mercié
Year 1911
Medium Marble, Gold leaf
Location Baltimore, Maryland
Owner City of Baltimore

The Francis Scott Key Monument is an outdoor sculpture to Francis Scott Key in Baltimore, Maryland.


Charles Marburg gave $25,000 to his brother Theodore Marburg to hire a sculptor to create a monument to Francis Scott Key. The French sculptor Antonin Mercié was selected. Mercié had previously created a bronze equestrian statue of Robert E. Lee in 1890 in Richmond, Virginia.[1] The sculpture was dedicated on Eutaw Place in 1911.[2]

The sculpture was restored and rededicated on September 11, 1999.[1] In September 2017, the monument was vandalized and graffitied with the words "racist anthem" spray painted on the base.[3]


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Coordinates: 39°18′14″N 76°37′34″W / 39.30388°N 76.62605°W / 39.30388; -76.62605 (F.S. Key Monument)

  1. ^ a b "Restored Key Monument Rededicated". Heritage Preservation. Retrieved 2011-04-26. Charles Marburg gave $25,000 to his brother Theodore to commission a monument to his favorite poet, Francis Scott Key. The French sculptor Marius Jean Antonin Mercie was the selected artist. At the time, Mercié was known for European sculptures as well as the Robert E. Lee (1890) equestrian bronze in Richmond, Virginia, and collaboration on General Lafayette (1891) in the District of Columbia. 
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