ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – (UPDATED 7:02 p.m.) A judge has halted the city’s disassembly of the Confederate monument in Forest Park, setting a July 6 hearing for arguments over its ownership.
St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Robert Dierker sided with the Civil War Museum, giving them a temporary restraining order, in effect delaying city hall’s plans to take apart the monument.
Dierker says he’ll give them until July 6 — when a hearing is set to hear the dispute over who really owns the monument, and who has the right to disassemble it.
The news comes shortly after more action was seen in Forest Park around the memorial Monday afternoon.
KMOX’s Kevin Killeen was on the scene and reported that workers were making what could be interpreted as preliminary steps to remove the monument in short order.
Two horizontal steel plates have been drilled to either side of the top of the obelisk, which would be a gripping point for a crane to hoist that part of the structure.
Workers were also going around the base of the monument with a rotary tool, removing grout and glue holding the sections together.
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson released the following statement:
“A hearing was held Monday afternoon in Judge Dierker’s court to consider the ownership of and disposition of the Confederate Monument.
I believe the city owns the monument but that will ultimately be determined by the courts. There are a number of statues in our parks and around our regions. If someone were to come forward and claim to own another statue, what will the outcome be?”