St. Louis in Black and White – Confederate Memorial in Forest Park, St. Louis – A Tale of Two Angels

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It says something about St. Louis that its most prominent park contains a memorial to the soldiers and sailors of the Confederacy and that this monument was constructed in 1915. I don’t comprehend or fully grasp the affinities that some contemporary white Southerners may have for the Confederacy and wonder how blacks in the South or anywhere feel about such sentiments. I am posting this mostly, though, to document St. Louis’ history as largely a Southern-sympathizing city and not really to comment upon that too much. On my walk last night, I noticed that someone had made a snow-angel at the base of the memorial, which mirrors the angel at the top of the memorial (which I have attempted to accentuate in my picture above). I have no idea whether this angel was made in sympathy or antipathy to the message of the memorial, whether the angel maker was echoing the angel above or flapping his or her wings in defiant counter-point.

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3 thoughts on “St. Louis in Black and White – Confederate Memorial in Forest Park, St. Louis – A Tale of Two Angels

  1. Thoughtful commentary. In a not so thoughtful way reminds me of the book “The Killer Angels” where the angels are the dark and light sides of man’s being. Thought also popped in that angels can be sent for destruction in acts of judgement.

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  2. Blacks flatter themselves that the Civil War was fought for their emancipation. Neither Southerners or Northerners cared about the issue as only a tiny tiny tiny minority of the population ever had or kept slaves. The Civil War was fought over States Rights. Blacks need to get over themselves and stop riding an issue that allows them a great deal of profit from something that never ever has affected them and very few of their ancestors. Very few blacks even know whether or not they got here directly from Africa during slavery or came later via Jamaica, Haiti, etc.

    Slavery exists to this day and every race, continent, and era has had slavery. It’s only White Americans that are forced to daily fend off the racist attacks by Blacks for something that has existed for over a century and a half.

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