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Original Anthem Lyrics Coming To Frederick In June

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Frederick County’s tourism chief says Francis Scott Key’s handwritten lyrics for the “The Star-Spangled Banner” are coming to Frederick.

The Frederick News-Post reports that John Fieseler made the announcement Friday to the county’s legislative delegation in Annapolis.

Key is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Frederick. He once practiced law in the city.

The original manuscript is kept at the Maryland Historical Society headquarters in Baltimore.

Fieseler says it will be brought to Frederick for a Flag Day ceremony at the cemetery June 14.

He says it will be displayed at City Hall through June 15.

Key wrote the poem after watching the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore in September 1814.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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