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Francis Scott Key Monument in Mt. Olivet Cemetery
515 S. Market St.
Frederick, MD 21701
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Inside the entrance to Mt. Olivet Cemetery is the Francis Scott Key monument. The author of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in 1814 which became our national anthem in 1931, Key was born in 1779 in Frederick County. In 1800 he established his first law office in Frederick. Key died in Baltimore at age 63 in 1843. After the Civil War, his body was reinterred here to Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In the 1890s, money was raised to build a monument to Key and in 1898 this monument and statue, sculpted by Italian artist Pompeo Copini, was dedicated. Key, his wife, and one of their children are buried under this monument and grave. A brochure near the cemetery’s restrooms is available to guide you through the rest of the cemetery.