Forest Park Monument
$17,545 of $25,000 goal
Since the City has cited a lack of funds as a reason for not removing the monument, I decided to launch a campaign to help raise the funds needed to remove the Confederate Memorial from Forest Park.
Funds raised will go towards efforts to move the monument to a more appropriate place, instead of a public park where it currently resides.
I have received an offer to move the monument for the amount I am attempting to raise. As soon as it is approved, the funds will be released to the city to assist with relocation expenses. Presently, I am not at liberty to state who the offer is from, due to it's pending approval. But please know that the offer is legitimate.
June 28, 2017
We will be donating the funds raised from the Go Fund Me campaign to the City of St. Louis Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department to help defray any public costs associated with removing the monument. We have requested a check from Go Fund Me, made out to the City’s Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, and a check in the amount of $16,025.31 is expected to be sent to the City in 7-10 business days.
The amount is minus fees deducted from the amount raised per Go Fund Me policy.
Here's a breakdown of the fees:
• Total Amount Raised: $17,545.00
• GoFundMe (5%) $877.25
• WePay Fees (2.9% + .30) $642.44
• Total Fees $1,519.69
• Amount Donated to the City: $16,025.31
I continue to be humbled and amazed at the support this campaign received. Thank you again to everyone who donated.
“I am pleased with the agreement between the City and the Missouri Civil War Museum, as I believe that this monument has no place in Forest Park and should have been removed and displayed in its proper context in a museum years ago.
I am humbled and amazed by the support and attention the GoFundMe campaign to remove the monument received. I look forward to working with city leadership to transfer these donations to help defray any public costs associated with removing the monument. Thank you to everyone who supported the campaign, which as of today has raised almost $18,000.”
Thank you! We did it!
I am pleased to report that after three weeks, we have raised over $16,000 of the $25,000 campaign goal. I continue to be amazed and awestruck at the amount of support this campaign has received! Thank you to all who have contributed thus far!
I am also pleased to see that the city has started the process of removing the monument from the park. I look forward to having a conversation with city leaders about transferring the funds raised from this campaign to help cover the removal costs.
To support the Go Fund Me campaign, click here: https://www.gofundme.com/forest-park-monument
Also, we continue to receive national attention for our efforts. Governing Magazine published an article today that does a great job of putting it in context along with movements in other cities.
Please continue to share the campaign with your friends, family and other networks.
Thanks again for your support!