Jefferson City council pushes back Confederate monument removal vote
JEFFERSON CITY -- Jefferson City Council decided not to vote on a resolution Monday night to remove the Civil War monument at the intersection of Moreau Drive and Fairmont Blvd.
The move comes after the city's Historic Preservation Commission and Commission on Human Relations heard testimony from community members.
The monument was dedicated by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1933, to commemorate Confederate General Sterling Price.
The monument claims that Price turned away from Jefferson City, instead of attacking it. But Mary Schantz, who chaired the Historic Preservation Commission said that that claim doesn't tell the full story.
"The location of the marker...is not the original location when it was first placed," Schantz said. "That particular location where it is now has nothing to do with Sterling Price."
General Price did engage in a small skirmish in Jefferson City before moving on towards Kansas City.
Four city council members proposed the resolution, citing the monument's historic inaccuracy as well as the United Daughters of the Confederacy's ties to the KKK.
The monument is just another in a long list of Confederate monuments that have come under scrutiny nationwide.
Those who want these monuments to stay argue that removing them is removing American history.
The City Council was set to vote on the resolution Monday night, but delayed the vote after concerns were raised about council members not having enough time to look over the resolution.
The resolution will now go to committee, and may be voted on at a later date.