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San Francisco Landmark #96: Francis Scott Key Monument
De Young Museum and Francis Scott Key Memorial
21 March 2007
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San Francisco Landmark #96
Francis Scott Key Monument
Golden Gate Park
Built 1888

This monument, designed by William Wetmore Story and funded by James Lick, was the nation's first memorial to Francis Scott Key.

In 1888, when the monument was unveiled, The Star-Spangled Banner was not the national anthem of the United States. It did not achieve that distinction until 1931.

On Juneteenth 2020, protesters toppled three statues in Golden Gate Park - this statue of Francis Scott Key, a nearby statue of Padre Junipero Serra and a bust of Ulysses S. Grant. The mob also vandalized apolitical statues such as the Cervantes Memorial, the Apple Cider Press, the Sphinx and Leonidas.

A day earlier, a statue of Christopher Columbus near Coit Tower was removed by city workers and placed in storage.

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