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Mo. Civil War Museum: We have deed to Confederate Monument

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

In the latest chapter of the Confederate Memorial in Forest Park, a museum is now claiming to have a deed to the Confederate memorial in Forest Park. But their deed's legitimacy is being called into question. 

The city of St. Louis does not deny the deed is in the museum's possession. However, the organization that bestowed the deed to the Missouri Civil War Museum no longer exists, the city said. 

The city said since the organization, The United Daughters of the Confederacy, no longer exists, ownership falls to the city by default. 

For weeks, News 4 has documented the ongoing controversy behind the memorial. Some have said the memorial should be taken down because it is a symbol of racism and slavery. Others said the memorial is an artifact from the Civil War era, and should be preserved as it is a piece of history. 

The Missouri Civil War Museum said there could be a third option in the future for the memorial. 

Founder and CEO of the Missouri Civil War Museum Mark Trout said the museum is wanting to obtain a large tract of land in the future. The plan would call for the construction of a new, state-of-the-art civil war museum. 

"And maybe that is where the statue can go," Trout said. 

Trout said for right now, the city has the right to remove the memorial from Forest Park. 

"We just simply want our property right now," Trout said. 

The memorial was scheduled to be dismantled this week, but the city said it is behind schedule. 

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