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NYC museum displays 1st edition of national anthem

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 23, 2014 at 7:47 am •  Published: June 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A rare first-edition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" is on display at a New York City museum for the 200th anniversary of the national anthem.

The Francis Scott Key poem that was set to music is at the Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan.

It was inspired by the Stars and Stripes flying over Fort McHenry in Baltimore after a British attack in September 1814.

It was set to the 1770s tune by John Stafford Smith.

The first edition on display has "patriotic" misspelled in the subtitle. It is one of only a handful of surviving copies.

"The Star-Spangled Banner" became the official national anthem in 1931.


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