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JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) - Four centuries after some of the first enslaved Africans were brought to English-controlled North America, plans are underway to commemorate their arrival in Virginia and reckon with slavery's legacy.

In 1619, Africans came on two ships that had recently raided what's believed to have been a Spanish slave vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. Sailing into what's now Hampton, Virginia, the ships traded more than 30 Africans for food and supplies.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The words "Racist Anthem" have been painted on a monument to the man who wrote the "Star-Spangled Banner."

The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday that the words were written at the base of the Francis Scott Key monument in the city's downtown.

Besides the black lettering, it appeared to be splashed with red and black paint.

Police are investigating. But they have no suspects.

Key penned what is now the national anthem when he was being held captive by the British during the War of 1812.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia church known as the "Cathedral of the Confederacy" is shedding images reflecting its ties to the Confederacy.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Richmond is removing plaques with versions of the Confederate flag and the church's coat of arms, among other remnants of the Confederacy.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that church leaders say they also hope to erect a memorial to honor slaves in Richmond, including those who were members of St. Paul's.