A barricade has been put up around a Confederate monument in Forest Park ahead of the removal of the statue.

The City of St. Louis says it could be another few weeks before the monument is removed, and the barricade is just a preliminary step to establish a work zone.

The removal of the statue has been controversial as both supporters and opponents of the statue's removal have clashed in Forest Park. The statue has also been the target of vandalism in recent weeks.

Supporters of the removal say the monument represents slavery, racism, and a toxic time in U.S. history. Opponents say it honors their heritage, the Confederate soldiers, and that getting rid of it erases U.S. history.

Mayor Lyda Krewson expects to have a removal plan for the statue finalized by the end of June. A GoFundMe account started by St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones has raised more than $16,000 toward funding the statue's removal.