By. Chris Stritzel
As the day broke today, many people opened the news app on their phone to see some news about the Confederate Memorial in Forest Park. It wasn’t the kind of news to be expected however. Many would’ve thought the news would say that today the Monument comes down with no exceptions. Well, that wasn’t it instead, it was about where it will go next. Reports have said that the monument has been sold to the Civil War Museum in Jefferson Barracks Park in suburban Lemay in St. Louis County.
Besides this, news got out on Peggy Hubbard’s FaceBook page about the owners of the monument. Surprise! The owner of the monument is and was never the City of St. Louis. It was on loan to the City by no other than the Daughters of the Confederacy. Yes, believe it or not, the owners are not the City of St. Louis. Becuase of this, the city is breaking its own laws listed in the Charter (The City’s Constitution). Here they are...
Any statue or monument structure that is donated PRIVATELY by a part, CAN NOT be removed WITHOUT the sole written consent by those that donated said structure.
Any monument, statue or free standing structure CAN NOT be removed WITHOUT consent and IS the property of the donor(s).
Designation of place in owners name, statues/monuments are the SOLE property of Donor. The authority to remove donated structure in public space CAN NOT be removed with out the permission of donor(s)
FOR THOSE WHO WANT THE REAL CODES:
22.04.060 - Donations.
The Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry is authorized, with the approval of the Board of Public Service, to accept and take charge of, for and on behalf of the City, all donations made to the public parks, places or squares of the City by private individuals or societies. It is hereby made his duty to devote and apply donations strictly to the purposes for which they were made. (Ord. 49771 § 1 (2), 1960: 1960 C. § 220.040.)
City Counselor Ops.: 8629, 8891, 9307, 9631, 9796
22.04.070 - Statues.
The Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry shall be authorized with the approval of the Board of Public Service on the submission of proper plans and sketches to allot space of ground in any of the public parks, places or squares as may be required for the erection of any monument, statue or other work of art or utility in commemoration of the services of the beneficence of any person or society who may offer to provide same at their own expense. (Ord. 49971 § 1 (3), 1967: 1960 C. § 220.050.)
City Counselor Ops.: 8629, 8891, 9307, 9488, 9631
22.04.080 - Designation of places by donor's name.
The Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry shall have authority to designate officially certain places in the public parks, places and squares which have been improved by private donations by the name of the donor, and he shall in all such cases file a copy of the articles or stipulations of donation with the register.
(Ord. 49771 § 1 (4), 1960: 1960 C. § 220.060.)
City Counselor Ops.: 8629, 8891, 9307
Therefore, what is going on with the Confederate Memorial is unlawful and the daughters of the Confederacy can legally sue the City over the unlawful removal of a piece of the memorial. But, there is a twist in it. Remember the first paragraph? The Civil War Museum owns it now. But how?
After the Deed to the monument was found by the recorder of deeds, early this week, it caused controversy and was sold yesterday to the Civil War Museum it self. So now, the monument can have two hits against it. Even the Civil War Museum has the receipts to prove that they purchased it. So now, the city has to listen to the new owners of the structure. Whatever the city does, it will be unlawful. Peggy Hubbard responded to my request about this issue with this response.
”If the Mayor continues...then Yes, a lawsuit against the city will happen. She is NOW saying they lost the monument by default? How? It was NEVER the city to begin with. The Daughter's Of The Confederation headquarters in Virginia was NEVER notified. Missouri chapter is STILL in existence and active was NEVER notified. The mayor broke the law and ignored the city ordinances”
In short, Lyda will be getting herself into a huge issue over a piece of history that isn’t even hers or the city’s. So there you have it. The Confederate Memorial is not City property, it is private property being loaned to the city. From here, I have no clue where this is going to go, but I can say, it isn’t going to be pretty whatever happens.
*Parts of this story were learned from Fox 2 News. Read their story by clicking below.