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City treasurer launches online fundraiser to remove Confederate statue from Forest Park

City treasurer launches online fundraiser to remove Confederate statue from Forest Park

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ST. LOUIS • City Treasurer Tishaura Jones has started a GoFundMe page to raise money for the removal of the Confederate Memorial at Forest Park.

The century-old monument has been targeted for relocation by both former Mayor Francis Slay and now Mayor Lyda Krewson. It's part of a controversial national movement in cities to relocate Confederate statuary of public spaces due to their connection to slavery and white supremacy.

In other cities, some monuments have been moved to Confederate cemeteries or to museums. While both ideas have been discussed for the St. Louis monument, the main problem is that it weighs 40 tons, which means a likely six-figure price tag for its relocation. Krewson's office said this week it is studying how to proceed.

Jones' GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/forest-park-monument) is anchored by the headline “Take it down, St. Louis.” It had raised $1,430 of a $25,000 goal in its first three hours Wednesday. It had also drawn a flurry of angry comments from people who opposed the move to relocate the monument.

The monument, a 32-foot-tall granite column on the north side of the park, adorned with a bronze scene of a Confederate youth being sent off to war, was erected in 1914.

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