ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - More name changes and monument removals might be forthcoming in our area, after a statue of Christopher Columbus was removed from Tower Grove Park
St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page says he has ordered staff to review all roads, parks and statues for potentially problematic names.
"The symbols that define our community should not be symbols that divide our community," Page says.
He says they're not going to go after each troublesome name one at a time. He says he's aware of Dorsett Road, named after a Maryland Heights slave owner who may have been a part of a group that terrorized African-Americans.
In a statement, the park says the statue "symbolizes a historical disregard for indigenous peoples and cultures and destruction of their communities. Tower Grove Park celebrates the diversity of our community every day and serves as the centerpiece of the region’s most vibrant neighborhoods."