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SCC Bookmobile features Francis Scott Key on June 23

The SCC Bookmobile’s next living-history program features a program on Francis Scott Key on Friday, June 23 at 7 p.m. in partnership with American Historical Theatre.

Sponsored by the Friends of the SCC Bookmobile Library, this family-friendly, free event will be held in Donaghay Hall, Room 106, on Salem Community College’s campus at 460 Hollywood Ave.  Guests should park in Lot D and enter through the double doors facing the parking lot. 

Doug Thomas will portray Key, the Maryland-born lawyer and author who wrote the poem, “Defence of Fort McHenry” which later became adopted as our National Anthem in 1916.   He went on to become a U.S. District Attorney and used his position to silence the anti-slavery movement, according to American Historical Theatre.

Thomas is a professional actor with over two decades of experience. Local credits include The Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival and Vagabond Theatre. He has been immersed in historical interpretation for over 15 years. Other characters in his repertoire include Meriwether Lewis, William Penn, John Paul Jones, Patrick Henry and a young Governor Livingston. He regularly performs at Independence Hall.

Funding for the program is provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts through Salem County Board of Freeholders and Salem County Cultural and Heritage Commission.  

For more information, contact Bookmobile Library Coordinator Margaret Masserini at (856) 351-2830 or mmasserini@salemcc.edu