ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – By this Friday, the Confederate Monument in Forest Park will be gone.
That’s the word from the city of St. Louis. In a news release this morning, the city says it has entered an agreement with the Missouri Civil War Museum to avoid protracted legal proceedings, and move forward immediately with the monument’s removal.
The museum has agreed to remove the monument – at their cost – by this Friday.
As part of the settlement, the Civil War Museum agrees the structure will be stored at their expense until a permanent location is located.
Additionally, the museum agrees that the monument will only be displayed at a Civil War museum, battlefield or cemetery. It will not be stored in St. Louis City or County.
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson says, “this issue has played out far too long,” and she’s happy with the deal.
So what changed her mind?
“Well they originally were not going to pay for the removal,” the mayor says, adding that the group wrote a letter to the city, offering to take the monument if the city removed and transferred the monument at its own cost. “And so it’s just really a big turnaround here in terms of, they’re now willing to pay for the removal of it.”
Krewson says in the end, the Civil War museum gets the monument, taxpayers don’t have to pay for its removal, and it won’t be displayed anywhere “in the St. Louis area.”