Activists toppled the statue of Francis Scott Key, who wrote the lyrics to the “Star Spangled Banner” Friday evening in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco
And Francis Scott Key is down, *right* as a police officer says “you’ve made your point, we’re not gonna let you pull this statue down,” with the crowd cheering and shouting “next one!” pic.twitter.com/8sbjmhMRXf
— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) June 20, 2020
Per NBC Bay Area, protesters tore down statues of people in history across the country, condemning them for their ties to slavery, all on Juneteenth, the day to celebrate the freeing of enslaved people over a century and a half ago.
Several videos surfaced on social media Friday of statues of St. Junípero Serra, Ulysses S. Grant and Francis Scott Key being torn down in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
Police say about 400 protesters arrived around 8:30 p.m. Police say they did not engage with them.