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Jefferson City advisory committees recommend removal and replacement of Confederate monument

Sterling Price monument in Jefferson City
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A monument to Confederate Gen. Sterling Price on Moreau Drive in Jefferson City.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)

Two Jefferson City advisory committees to the city council recommend removing and replacing a Confederate monument on Moreau Drive.

The Jefferson City Human Relations Commission and the Jefferson City Historic Preservation Commission made the recommendations Wednesday night.

A post on the human relations Facebook page said the monument and its "symbolic version of history has no place in our diverse and inclusive community." The commission agreed on its recommendation last month but sent a letter to the city council Wednesday night.

The letter from the human relations commission said the marker leaves context out of the Battle That Never Was and that it offers an inaccurate view of history.

Members of the historic preservation commission made their decision Wednesday night after hearing multiple speakers who were both for and against the monument's removal.

Mary Schantz who oversees the commission said former state representative Jay Barnes gathered research on the marker and presented it during the Wednesday meeting.

Barnes said the marker was originally placed at the corner of Moreau Drive and Hough Park Road on April 6, 1933, by a local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

The former state representative also recommended the monument be removed and replaced.

"Remove the United Daughters of Confederacy marker to Gen. Sterling Price as soon as possible. We can and should honor our city’s rich heritage, its true history," Barnes said in the document.

Schantz said those opposed to removing the plaque and rock didn't want to see history changed or denied.

The Daughters of the Confederacy said on its website recently some want "a memorial to our forefathers who fought bravely during four years of war."

Both commissions also recommended the city request input from citizens on how to commemorate the Civil War in the city.

It's unclear when the city council will decide what to do with the monument. Schantz said the city's administrative committee may hear the case before its brought to the full city council.

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Matt Ragsdale

Matt Ragsdale is a broadcast and digital producer at ABC 17 News.

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  1. Who are these “Jefferson City advisory committees”, and from where did they get any authority? I am unfamiliar with this particular monument, or what it proposes to celebrate. I am quite well versed in the general history of the so called Civil War. Enough to know that slavery was a minor component. It was NOT a civil war, as the south only wished to divorce an abusive spouse, not to replace it. In fact, the north was generally in favor of the secession of the south until it realized the extent of tax revenue that would be lost Which is one of the abuses the south wished to escape. Much of the northern tax funded infrastructure was financed by taxes paid by the south, who realized little to no benefit from that tax revenue. That is why the north declared war on the south.

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