Final Resting Place
Francis Scott Key
Key died at his daughter’s home in Baltimore, January 11, 1843, and was buried nearby in Old St Paul’s Cemetery. In 1866, Key’s family moved his remains to a plot in this cemetery where he could lie as he wished in the shadow of Catoctin Mountain.
In 1898 the Key Monument Association reinterred Key and his wife in the circle in front of you, and erected above their graves the granite monument bearing his bronze figure.
“And the loud hallelujahs of angels shall rise To welcome the soul to its home in the skies. Home, home, home of the soul!” FS Key.
Italian-born sculptor Pompeo Coppini completed work on the Key Monument in 1898 at the cost of $30,000. School children across the nation donated pennies, nickels, and more to help pay for the monument.
At the top, Key holds “The Star-Spangled Banner” manuscript and points to this nation’s flag. Seated below is Columbia, representing patriotism, flanked by allegorical youths representing defense and music.
(Inscription near the photo in the lower center)
Pompeo Coppini (1870-1957) Coppini designed the Half-Dollar, and
(Inscription above the photo in the upper right)
In the late 1800s descendants of Key gather at his first gravesite in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Perhaps they are singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
(Inscription above the photo in the lower right)
All four verses of “The Star-Spangled Banner” appear on a bronze plaque on the rear of the monument. Coppini formed every letter, although he did not yet know the English language.
Erected by Key Monument Association.
Location. 39° 24.372′ N, 77° 24.75′ W. Marker is in Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on S. Market Street. Click for map. The marker is located in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in the Francis Scott Key Plot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 515 S Market Street (Cemetery Entrance), Frederick MD 21701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Francis Scott Key (within shouting distance of this marker); USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN 657) (within shouting distance of this marker); Graves, Monuments, and Memorials (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); These Barracks
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