St. Louis Officials and Museum Dispute Ownership of Confederate Statue

Jun 16, 2017

Credit Robert Cohen

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis officials and the Missouri Civil War Museum are fighting over who owns a divisive Confederate monument.

   Museum Executive Director Mark Trout tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch  that the United Daughters of the Confederacy signed over the monument rights to the museum on Tuesday.

   The group was allowed to build and maintain the monument in Forest Park thanks to a 1912 city ordinance.

   But city officials say the city has control over the structure and its removal.

   Trout says the museum would consider legal action if the city doesn't forfeit the monument.

   St. Louis has talked about taking down the monument since 2015. Other Confederate monuments nationwide have sparked similar debate.