Renewed controversy surrounding St. Louis’ Confederate monument in Forest Park. The mayor’s office says plans are in the works to remove the memorial. Some, though, say the statue pays homage to their family history.
Mayor Lyda Krewson has said she’s committed to removing the monument. The next question is how to do that – and how much will to spend.
One St. Louis resident says he’s lobbying the mayor to reverse the decision.
"This is a case of a space being set aside in a beautiful park for the descendants of the Confederates to honor the war dead,” said Bill Hannagan, who grew up along Lindell Boulevard, where he lives today. He says his great grandfather was on the City Council that set aside the place for the Confederate monument.
"I was very proud of what my great grandfather did and I don’t want that undone,” Hannagan said.
The president of the St. Louis NAACP, Adolphus Pruitt, says this same statue is a reminder of a toxic time and place in American history. He says any future legislation needs to be two-fold.
"It speaks to a time and place that was not good for this country but it also at the same time has to give the proper recognition to the folks who lost their lives," Pruitt said.
The mayor’s office says its committed to removing the statue.
“She is reviewing a number of options that have been developed over the last year - year and half, involving removal and storage, and things like that, each one carrying a different price tag,” said Eddie Roth, director of Human Services for the City of St. Louis.
The mayor’s office says its reviewing a variety of solutions, which could be forthcoming in the next few weeks.
We reached out to several alderman, who say they’re aware of a bill in the works to remove the statue, although it has yet to be filed.