NAACP President Suggested Covering Confederate Monument

MCNS Staff

Confederate WholeTensions surrounding “The Angel of the Spirit of the Confederacy” in Forest Park have ignited in concert with nationwide pressure for Confederate monuments to be removed.

According to local reports, Adolphus Pruitt sent a letter to Mayor Lyda Krewson asking the city to build a scaffolding that would cover the statue up, after witnessing a heavy police presence at the monument.

According to St. Louis Public Radio, Pruitt said people would be less likely to protest if the monument is out of sight. He said that would free up police to protect neighborhoods, which he considers is a better use of resources.

“The only reason they’re here is it is there and it is visible. The city has committed to removing it. So it is going to go,” Pruitt said.

In a statement, the mayor said she expects to remove the memorial soon, but will “seriously consider” covering the monument if that doesn’t happen.

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