‘Our objective is the same…to immediately remove this historic monument’
A Missouri museum sued St. Louis Friday over ownership of a Confederate monument in the city. Both parties want to remove the memorial, but insist upon their sole ownership.
The Missouri Civil War Museum sued St. Louis and filed a temporary restraining order, according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The museum asserts it will remove the statue from the city’s Forest Park by Friday June 23, with no cost to taxpayers provided the city acknowledges its ownership.
“If you decide to challenge our ownership of this monument that will of course have to result in immediate legal action being taken to prove our ownership,” said Mark Trout, director of the Missouri Civil War Museum, in a letter sent to St. Louis mayor Lyda Krewson.
The museum alleges that the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a group dedicated to honoring Confederate soldiers via monuments, gifted the monument to the museum on June 13.
“Please note, our objective is the same as yours and that is to immediately remove this historic monument from your park property and remove it permanently from the city limits of St. Louis,” wrote Trout to the city. “We will guarantee that the monument will never be re-erected for permanent display within St. Louis City or St. Louis County, Missouri.”…