St. John’s College Will Host Panel Discussion on the Legacy of Francis Scott Key

April 12, 2024

St. John’s College will host “The Legacy of Francis Scott Key, Class of 1796,” a panel discussion, on Wednesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m., in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium. This event, organized by the College History Task Force, will discuss the complicated legacy of Francis Scott Key, founder of the St. John’s College Alumni Association, and the college’s most famous—and perhaps most controversial—graduate. The panel will be moderated by Chanel Compton Johnson, Executive Director of the Banneker-Douglass Museum. Panelists include Professor Mark Clague, author of the 2022 cultural biography of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” O Say Can You Hear?, Marc Leepson, author of the 2014 Francis Scott Key biography What So Proudly We Hailed, and Professor William Thomas, author of the 2020 history of freedom suits, A Question of Freedom. 

Questions for the panelists may be submitted in advance or during the panel to [email protected].

YouTube Link: The Legacy of Francis Scott Key, Class of 1796 (

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