Confederate Memorial defaced along Ward Parkway

The Confederate memorial at 55th Street and Ward Parkway was spray-painted by vandals overnight. Kansas City Parks and Recreation employees used a solvent and a power washer to clean away most of the graffiti. Local resident Quentin Brown says the
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The Confederate memorial at 55th Street and Ward Parkway was spray-painted by vandals overnight. Kansas City Parks and Recreation employees used a solvent and a power washer to clean away most of the graffiti. Local resident Quentin Brown says the
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Kansas City Confederate memorial hit with graffiti overnight

By Kelsey Ryan

kryan@kcstar.com

August 19, 2017 10:59 AM

A local Confederate memorial at 55th and Ward Parkway was hit graffiti Friday night. The graffiti appears to be a red hammer and sickle.

After last week’s protests and violence in Charlottesville, Va., Confederate memorials across the country have become the center of a debate over whether the U.S. should continue to memorialize those who supported the South.

Erected to the “Loyal Women of the Old South,” the local memorial’s purpose is to recognize the women who supported the Confederacy and slavery. It was a 1934 gift to the city by a local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It originally stood in the Country Club Plaza but was relocated in 1958 to its present site, according to the Kansas City Department of Parks and Recreation website.

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A Prairie Village resident puts forth his reason to the Kansas City parks board about why a memorial honoring Confederate women should be removed. Video by Rick Montgomery, The Star

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Some area residents have recently requested the 83-year-old monument be removed. Its future is being reviewed by the parks department.

A No Place For Hate rally and march is scheduled start at noon Sunday at the J.C. Nichols Fountain in Country Club Plaza and end at the Confederate memorial. The group organizing the event plans to pass out petitions to remove the Confederate memorial and rename the J.C. Nichols Fountain.

Kelsey Ryan: 816-234-4852, @kelsey_ryan