Forest Park Monument

$17,545 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 448 people in 16 months
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In an effort to join cities across the country that are removing confederate monuments, I, Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones, believe that this monument has no place in Forest Park and needs to be removed and should have been done so years ago.

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.
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Statement from Treasurer Jones about the Confederate Monument Removal

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
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• 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.
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Statement from Treasurer Jones Regarding the Removal of the Confederate Monument from Forest Park

“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!

#TakeItDownSTL
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Three weeks ago, I launched a Go Fund Me campaign to raise funds to remove the Confederate Monument from Forest Park. I believe that this monument has no place in Forest Park and needs to be removed and should have been done so years ago.

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
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We are within striking distance! Only $10k left until we reach our 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!

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.

http://www.governing.com/topics/politics/gov-st-louis-confederate-monuments-new-orleans-forest-park.html

Please continue to share the campaign with your friends, family and other networks.

Thanks again for your support!
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$17,545 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 448 people in 16 months
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CB
$25
Captain Kenneth D. Barrett
15 months ago
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You have my support . Please send additional information. Thank you for the idea to initiate funding for a United States Colored Troops monument.

AM
$20
Aaron Michels
15 months ago

Best idea I've heard is to turn the existing monument upside-down and then put another statue on top - something that honors African American contributions to the country. Then the "history" of how the original monument came to be would be the point of discussion, with a counterpoint right on top.

$21
Anonymous
15 months ago
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Jason Purnell
15 months ago
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Good riddance.

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