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Jefferson City agrees to reinstall Confederate stones

April 22, 2022 GMT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jefferson City has agreed to reinstall two paving stones that contained a reference to a Confederate general to settle a lawsuit filed after the stones were removed, according to attorneys in the case.

Edith Vogel, a former city council member, sued the city and Mayor Carrie Tergin in March after the pavers were removed. Vogel paid for the stones to be installed at a park on a city greenway known as Adrian’s Island as part of a fundraising campaign.

Vogel’s attorneys at Bradbury Law Firm said a federal judge approved a settlement Thursday, KOMU reported.

Under the settlement, the city agreed to reinstall the pavers within 15 days and pay Vogel’s attorney’s fees.

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Vogel contended in her lawsuit that her free speech rights were violated when the stones were removed.

The stones read: Union Camp Lillie notes: deciding against attack the confederate army under Gen. Sterling Price turned from Jefferson City Oct. 7, 1864.”

The city council voted in October 2021 to remove a similar paving stone from a roadway.

Although she is not required to, Vogel will donate $2,000 to the Parks Foundation, which was the amount the city refunded to her when it removed the pavers.