102-year-old time capsule found at base of Confederate monument

BY JOSE JEFFERIES
Posted on JUL 11, 2019

Those opposed to the memorials say they are painful and inappropriate reminders of the history of slavery.

A 102-year-old time capsule has been found buried in the base of a Confederate memorial in St. Louis by workers who were removing it.

Workers began taking down the controversial Confederate Memorial in Forest Park at the beginning of the week pursuant to an agreement between St. Louis and the Missouri Civil War Museum.
Mark Trout, executive director of the Missouri Civil War Museum, said he knew of the time capsule's existence from historical records.

"We knew it was in there somewhere," said Trout, in a report by CNN, "so we were careful as we chipped away at something like 40 tons of concrete until we got to the very bottom."

As to what is inside the capsule, Trout says he expects to find a letter to its discoverer, a magazine containing an article about the monument, and other documents. Still, there may be some surprises.

"We know a couple things inside of it, we don't know everything," Trout said.

The time capsule measures about 18 inches long by 10 inches deep and 10 inches tall. It is scheduled to be opened at an upcoming museum fundraiser.

After nine people were shot and killed in 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina, by a white supremacist pictured posing with a Confederate flag, more cities in the south have taken steps to remove Confederate monuments in public spaces.

Those opposed to the memorials say they are painful and inappropriate reminders of the history of slavery

 

 

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