KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Crews removed an 83-year-old Confederate memorial Friday morning from a busy parkway in a Kansas City, Missouri, residential area.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy asked the city's parks department to move the "Loyal Women of the Old South" monument to a safe place after someone painted what appeared to be a red hammer and sickle on it last week.
Confederate monuments have been slowly coming down around the country since the 2015 fatal shooting of nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a 23-year-old white racist. But the pace has picked up since this month's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a man who was protesting along with white supremacists and neo-Nazis against the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was charged with driving into a crowd of counter-protesters and killing one of them.
The moving of the Kansas City monument honoring the women who supported the Confederacy has been divisive. Rex Burns, the head of the crew carrying out the work, told The Kansas City Star he thinks it should stay put.
He said those who want it removed are "causing a lot of hard feelings, like my feelings. ... Are they going to quit teaching history?"
But other than a few honks from passing cars, little attention was paid as the 9-foot-tall memorial was cut into its original 17 pieces for transport.
City parks officials will say only that it's being moved to a secure, off-site location and that the parks board will take brief public comments at a meeting next week. Removal costs are being paid by a private, anonymous donor.