More statues could come down or names of roads, parks in St. Louis may be changing

Dr. Sam Page also announced that all St. Louis County employees will be off work on Friday in recognition of Juneteenth.

Sam Masterson
June 17, 2020 - 9:22 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - More name changes and monument removals might be forthcoming in our area, after a statue of Christopher Columbus was removed from Tower Grove Park

St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page says he has ordered staff to review all roads, parks and statues for potentially problematic names.

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"The symbols that define our community should not be symbols that divide our community," Page says. 

Page says he wants his directors of diversity, roads and parks to make sure no names or monuments are in conflict with "St. Louis County's values."

Page says, over time, chapters of history have either been forgotten or rewritten and he says names from that complicated past are still on display.

He also announced on Tuesday that all St. Louis County employees have a holiday and will be off work on Friday in recognition of Juneteenth, which commemorates the abolition of slavery in the U.S.

On Tuesday morning the Columbus statue that sat in Tower Grove Park for 140 years was taken down. A crowd started to gather and yelling broke out over the statue's removal.

In a statement, the park says the statue "symbolizes a historical disregard for indigenous peoples and cultures and destruction of their communities. Tower Grove Park celebrates the diversity of our community every day and serves as the centerpiece of the region’s most vibrant neighborhoods."

Michael Calhoun of our partner station, KMOX, contributed to this report.

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