Judge halts removal of Confederate Memorial from Forest Park

ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis Circuit Court judge has temporarily stopped the city from removing a controversial Confederate monument from Forest Park.

Last week, the Missouri Civil War Museum contested monument ownership and filed suit on Friday. A museum spokesperson said the United Daughters of the Confederacy, who helped pay for installation of the monument more than a century ago, signed the memorial over to the museum’s care. The museum wants to move the memorial to an undisclosed location.

Judge Robert Dierker ruled Monday that far too many questions remain regarding legal ownership of the monument.

The city had planned to place the Confederate Memorial in storage after its removal until further notice. City attorneys claim the monument its city property and the museum's lawsuit is just a publicity stunt.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson released the following statement late Monday afternoon:

"A hearing was held Monday afternoon in Judge Dierker's court to consider the ownership of and disposition of the Confederate Monument.

"I believe the city owns the monument but that will ultimately be determined by the courts. There are a number of statues in our parks and around our regions. If someone were to come forward and claim to own another statue, what will the outcome be?"

A hearing on the matter has been scheduled for July 6.