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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Vandals spray painted the Confederate Memorial in Forest Park overnight.

The 32-foot tall granite monument was tagged with a large “X” and the phrase “Black Lives Matter.”

The memorial was erected in December 1914, nearly 50 years after the Civil War ended. Getting the monument built was controversial even then. According to a description appearing on, the Ladies’ Confederate Monument Association agreed that the design would not feature a Confederate soldier or other such iconography. The granite shaft of the memorial features the ‘Angel of the Spirit of the Confederacy’ and the bronze sculpture shows a family sending a young person off to the war.

As recently as April, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay suggested moving the memorial to a “more appropriate setting” and opining that Confederate Drive–the roadway in Forest Park where the memorial rests–be renamed.