Maryland District Considers Renaming Francis Scott Key Middle School

  • Maryland’s largest school district is seeking to rename Francis Scott Key Middle School due to the fact that Key, a native of Maryland, was a slave owner.
  • Widely known as the author of the lyrics for “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Key is commemorated in various ways, including the Francis Scott Key Monument in Baltimore, the Key Bridge connecting Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood to Virginia, and elementary, middle, and high schools in Maryland, Texas, California, Virginia, and D.C.
  • Additionally, there is the Francis Scott Key Mall in Maryland, the USS Francis Scott Key (a decommissioned Navy submarine), an auditorium at St. John’s College (Key’s alma mater), and halls at the University of Maryland, College Park, and George Washington University.