BALTIMORE (WJZ/AP) — The original manuscript of “The Star-Spangled Banner” written by Francis Scott Key left Baltimore for the first time in nearly 200 years for an event in Annapolis.

Kai Jackson explains why the important document was moved.

The document was moved from its home at the Maryland Historical Society on Tuesday in an armored car. It was placed on view during a private two-hour reception hosted by the National Anthem Celebration Foundation for the Maryland General Assembly.

The group was celebrating the 200th anniversary of the writing of the anthem in 2014. It was written during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814.

“It’s all about the children learning the history of our country so we can pass it on to others,” said National Anthem historian Dan Esmond.

On Wednesday, the handwritten document will be lent to the National Park Service for public viewing at Fort McHenry for three months.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (7)
  1. pigeon says:

    I do not have a good feeling about this!

  2. PAUL MICELLI says:


  3. Jennifer L says:

    7 area boys that belong to the Annapolis Young Marines along with there commanding officers and VFW members stood guard this afternoon while the manuscript was carried in the building, it was a once in a lifetime experience for them. Being there first hand and getting to the manuscirpt first hand was an expierence my son won’t forget..

    1. Jonathan Francis says:

      thats great….and so it was for our personnel transporting it…..thats awesome for the young marines….hope they took pictures!…

  4. KInghenry says:

    Francis Scott Key is rolling over in his grave for allowing Annapolis to do this. Too many iffy things can happen. Shame on all involved.

  5. Jonathan Francis says:

    iffy things? HA….you don’t know the guards who were transporting that artifact…awesome job by all involved especially my DUNBAR ARMORED crew!!

    1. gotcha pizunk says:

      you talk like your blowing them or something B////////////////////D~ ~ ~ % % lmao
      you must of sucked em off behind antique row lmfao!!!

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