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ST. LOUIS -- A granite Confederate Memorial monument in St. Louis was being cleaned up after vandals spray-painted the 32-feet tall memorial with a large "X" and the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

A crew was working to removed the red and black spray point with a power-washer.

In April, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay suggested moving the memorial to a “more appropriate setting”, especially following the racial divide that came after Michael Brown, 18, was killed in Ferguson, Mo., by police officer Darren Wilson.

Mayor Slay also suggested that "Confederate Drive", the roadway in Forest Park where the memorial rests, be renamed.

Courtesy: FOX 2 in St Louis

Courtesy: FOX 2 in St Louis

The memorial was erected in December 1914, nearly 50 years after the Civil War ended.  According to FOX 2 in St. Louis, 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.

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Courtesy: FOX 2 in St. Louis

Courtesy: FOX 2 in St. Louis

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