Metro-East News

Confederate monument in Forest Park will be removed by Friday, city officials say

The Confederate monument in Forest Park will be removed by Friday after the city came to an agreement with the Missouri Civil War Museum, according to the mayor’s office.

Mayor Lyda Krewson announced Monday the museum will pay for the removal of the 32-foot-tall granite monument, which depicts a young Confederate soldier being sent off to war.

The museum sued the city, arguing it owns the 1914 monument, but the city maintains it is the owner. A judge issued an injunction last week to temporarily prevented the city from removing the monument.

The museum agreed to store the monument until a permanent location is found. The mayor says the monument’s permanent home must be in a battlefield or cemetery.

The city entered into the agreement to avoid prolonged legal proceedings, the mayor said in a statement.

“This settlement agreement is the best way to move forward and put this issue behind us,” Krewson said in a statement.