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St. Louis Treasurer launches GoFundMe to remove Confederate monument

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

There is a renewed effort to remove a 103-year-old Confederate Memorial in Forest Park, more than a year after former Mayor Francis Slay said it should come down.

A GoFundMe page was launched by Tishaura Jones, St. Louis City's Treasurer, with a goal of raising $25,000 to remove the statue.

However, that goal is short of the original $100,000 minimum estimate to remove the memorial.

The office for Tishaura Jones released the following statement regarding the removal of the Confederate Memorial:

In an effort to join cities across the country that are removing confederate monuments, Treasurer Jones believes that this monument has no place in Forest Park and needs to be removed and should have been done so years ago.

Since the City has cited a lack of funds as a reason for not removing the monument, she decided to launch a campaign to help raise the funds needed to remove the Confederate Memorial from Forest Park. 

Last month, business owner Stuart Keating offered to demolish the statue free of charge.

"We're pretty good at demolishing things, we have the equipment.  And we thought we'd like to be good citizens and do our part," Keating told News 4 last month.

The final decision rests in newly elected Mayor Lyda Krewson's hands.

A spokesman for Krewson's office told News 4 to expect a definite plan for what to do with the statue within the next 30 days.

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