Museum, St. Louis dispute ownership of Confederate statue

3 months 6 days 12 hours ago Thursday, June 15 2017 Jun 15, 2017 Thursday, June 15, 2017 1:27:05 PM CDT June 15, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

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 told 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 said 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.

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