KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Confederate memorial monument at 55th Street and Ward Parkway, which the Kansas City Department of Parks and Recreation is reviewing for removal, was vandalized overnight Friday night or Saturday morning.
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FOX 4’s Kera Mashek drove by there Saturday with photojournalist John Clishem. They say the vandal’s message was unclear. It was indiscernible, painted in red spray paint. Someone there thought it looked like an old Soviet logo, possibly a hammer and sickle.
Last week, a request was submitted to remove the monument. A Parks & Rec spokesperson said they will review the request at the next board meeting, on Aug. 29. They did not provide information on the individual or group who submitted the request.
“The Board of Parks Commissioners is reviewing the message on the monument in the context of today’s moral perspectives and sensibilities and take the public’s comments seriously, and all reasonable requests into consideration,” a Parks & Rec spokesperson said.
The 9-foot-tall monument, now standing in the grassy median between the lanes of Ward Parkway, was initially located at the entrance to the Country Club Plaza. Dedicated on Sept. 9, 1934 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy to honor “the women of the Old South.”
The KC Parks & Rec website describes the 83-year-old monument, saying, “the top of the shaft is the U.D.C. emblem with a wreath enclosing the letters U.D.C. and beneath the wreath are the crossed flags of the Union and the Confederacy with the dates 61-65. Lower on the monument is inscribed the dedication, ‘In loving memory of the Loyal Women of the Old South.’”
The monument was moved to its current location in 1958.
The request comes on amid a wave of action to remove Confederate monuments across the country. On Saturday, violence broke out in Charlottesville, Va. at a protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee that resulted in the death of one woman. On Monday, a group gathered and toppled a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina.
Tuesday night, the city of Baltimore removed four Confederate monuments.