St. Louis on Monday announced it had reached an agreement to remove the controversial Confederate Monument in Forest Park from the city, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
St. Louis and the Missouri Civil War Museum have reportedly reached an agreement to remove the marker by this Friday.
“I think that this is a monument, really, to the Confederate initiative and to the preservation of slavery,” Mayor Lyda Krewson (D) said in a statement Monday.
“I would prefer not to see that located somewhere else in St. Louis city,” she added of the statue, which depicts the Angel of the Spirit of the Confederacy over a family sending a solider to war.
Robert Cohen, a Post-Dispatch photojournalist, on Monday tweeted out photos of workers starting the deconstruction of the monument.
Other Twitter users on Monday posted video of the monument’s removal, or photos of the graffiti that had marred it before the relocation process began.
The Post-Dispatch reported that the museum will pay for the monument’s removal and has agreed to store it until it receives a new home.
The agreement reportedly states that the marker must relocate to a permanent location at a Civil War museum, battlefield or cemetery.
The monument’s final resting place must also purportedly be outside the city of St. Louis or St. Louis county.
The monument has reportedly been frequently defaced with graffiti ranging from slogans like “Black Lives Matter” and “End Racism” to profanity.
St. Louis is the latest city to remove Confederate symbols amid national debate over whether such objects are historical artifacts or reminders of past racism.