STL mayor wants to rethink Confederate statue

ST. LOUIS -- The Confederate Memorial honoring the soldiers and sailors of the Confederate states has been standing in Forest Park for 100 years.

Some say it's offensive, while others say it's history-- but should it be removed? A committee is now being tasked to determine whether or not Forest Park is the most appropriate place for the statue.

The memorial was presented to Forest Park in 1914 by the Daughters of the Confederacy of St. Louis. The group pledged that the figure wouldn't have a Confederate soldier or object of modern warfare. However, now that the monument is in its centennial year, another reappraisal is due.

The Mayor Francis Slay announced on his blog that he's tasking the Missouri History Museum, Forest Park Forever and the Incarnate Word Foundation to assemble a committee to make a recommendation on whether the monument should be moved somewhere else or have more added to the inscription that describes the realities of slavery or the Jim Crow era.

A date has not one when the committee will meet or make final recommendations on the monument.


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