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Confederate monument in St. Louis being removed

Confederate monument in St. Louis being removed

The Confederate Memorial will be removed from St. Louis' Forest Park by Friday.

The St. Louis monument, located on the park's Confederate Drive, which may also be renamed, was dedicated in December 1914 by the Ladies' Confederate Monument Association, according to the website of Forest Park Forever, which partners with the city to maintain the park.

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As part of the settlement, the Civil War Museum has agreed that the monument will be stored at their expense until a permanent location is found.

New Orleans recently dismantled the last of four Confederate statues that stood in the city, and Kentucky moved a Confederate monument from the University of Louisville campus to outside the city in Brandenburg, Kentucky.

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The museum said the monument will go into protective storage for an unspecified period until it can be restored, then be reassembled at "an appropriate historic setting".

Mayor Krewson said the city has not spent a lot on the ordeal.

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"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", the statement said. The 32-foot memorial will be removed by the end of the week, with the museum paying for the cost of removal. Critics say the monuments honor racism and slavery, while monument defenders contend they are part of the nation's history and honor Civil War veterans. The museum had sued the city, insisting the United Daughters of the Confederacy recently had signed over ownership rights to the museum - a claim the city cast as a political stunt. "This is an outcome both parties wanted". No word yet on where that new location will be.