[Baltimore Sun] Bridge collapse: Time to reconsider Key and his anthem | READER COMMENTARY

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After reflecting on the bridge disaster in Baltimore, I have two proposals:

First, the bridge’s eventual replacement should not memorialize Francis Scott Key as he was a slave owner (“Key Bridge collapse by the numbers: quantifying a tragedy that seems unquantifiable,” April 2).

Second, we should use this moment to petition Congress to adopt “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” as our national anthem. It was written by an abolitionist and sung by U.S. troops as they fought and died to abolish slavery.

— Grenville B. Whitman, Rock Hall

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