City won't put Confederate monument on agenda

Phil Drake

A Confederate monument removed by Helena city leaders several years ago will apparently remain in cobwebs despite offers from the group that donated the water fountain — which one commissioner described as a “monument to white supremacy” — to relocate it out of the Queen City.

Commissioner Sean Logan said at Monday’s meeting that Jewel Wellborn had asked to have it placed on the agenda. He said the panel could do so or tell her it was not interested.

“I am just trying to gage the interest of the commission,” he said.

Wellborn is president of the Colorado-based Margaret Howell Davis Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She said in recent emails to city officials that her group would like the memorial back and pay for its removal. Recently, she said the memorial could be moved to Texas.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy donated the Confederate Memorial Fountain that had been in Helena’s Hill Park in 1916. It was removed in 2017 due to racial concerns after a woman had been killed at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a clash over the removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

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