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Removal of Confederate Monument underway in Forest Park

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Crews work to take down the Confederate monument in Forest Park on June 26, 2017 (Justin Andrews, KMOV) Crews work to take down the Confederate monument in Forest Park on June 26, 2017 (Justin Andrews, KMOV)
Crews removing a piece of the Confederate Monument in Forest Park on June 27, 2017 (Credit: Alexis Zotos, KMOV) Crews removing a piece of the Confederate Monument in Forest Park on June 27, 2017 (Credit: Alexis Zotos, KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Work to remove the Confederate Monument in Forest Park is moving forward.

Tuesday morning, crews removed another large section of the monument.

Monday, a settlement was reached between the City of the St. Louis and the Missouri Civil War Museum, which agreed to remove and store the Confederate Monument in Forest Park.

The museum said it would remove the monument at their sole cost by June 30.

“Although it is our position that the City controls the monument and would have prevailed in court, the City has entered into this agreement to avoid protracted legal proceedings and move forward immediately with the monument’s removal,” read a portion of a press release sent out by the City of St. Louis Monday morning.

The museum also agreed to store the monument until a permanent location is found.

“That permanent location must be at a Civil War museum, battlefield or cemetery,” according to the settlement. “Further, the Civil War Museum has agreed that the monument will not be displayed or located in the City of St. Louis or in St. Louis County.”

Earlier this month, a judge halted the removal of the monument after the museum claimed to have a deed to the memorial. The City claimed the deed did not exist and that they had ownership over the monument. 

“This issue has played out for far too long,” Mayor Lyda Krewson said. “This settlement agreement is the best way to move forward and put this issue behind us.”

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