‘Reckoning’ with slavery: toppled Francis Scott Key statue replaced by African figures

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By Barbara Goldberg and Nathan Frandino SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – One year after a statue of Francis Scott Key was toppled by racial injustice protesters in Golden Gate Park, an art exhibit opens next week with 350 slave sculptures gathered around the space once dedicated to the “The Star-Spangled Banner” creator – a slaveholder himself. To be unveiled on the June 19 holiday marking emancipation from slavery in America, the exhibit titled “Monumental Reckoning” is on the spot where Key’s statue was dislodged on Juneteenth 2020. That took place just weeks after the murder of George Floyd, a Bla…

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