GoFundMe started to remove Confederate memorial

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By: Tara Lang, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis’ treasurer started a GoFundMe on Wednesday to remove a Confederate monument from Forest Park, according to KOMU affiliate KSDK.

Treasurer Tishaura Jones created the GoFundMe in hopes of raising enough money to take down the controversial monument, but the process will be expensive, according to the Associated Press. 

The page has received mix responses from the public, as some people believe the statue represents a part of American heritage. 

“History is history. It cannot be re-written, altered, amended or erased. The only way that history can be changed is to not allow it to be repeated. All of the ‘movements’ of this nature are simply ridiculous. I will NOT support this campaign,” Lynn Cutler said.  

Supporters of the GoFundMe page view the monument as offensive and hope to see it replaced by something the entire public can appreciate. 

“Forest Park is the people's park! Take it down, melt it down, cast some commemorative coins designed by a local artist and sell enough of them to put in some basketball courts!” donor Christine Bastian suggested. 

The page raised $3,800 of its $25,000 goal in the first 16 hours, with donations ranging from five dollars to $100.

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