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'Star-Spangled Banner' arrangement donated to Fort McHenry

'Star-Spangled Banner' arrangement donated to Fort McHenry

A key document in the transition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" from popular song to national anthem is coming home to Fort McHenry.

A draft of the song's arrangement, drawn up in the early 20th century by a committee that included composer and bandleader John Philip Sousa, has been donated to the national monument and historic shrine by the woman whose father obtained it from his music teacher. "The Star-Spangled Banner" was adopted as the national anthem by an act of Congress in 1931.

"It's a huge document in the history of our country," said Elyse Luray, of the PBS TV series "History Detectives," who researched the document as part...