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Jun 19, 4:43 PM EDT

St. Louis Confederate memorial removal temporarily halted

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A judge has issued an injunction that will temporarily prevent the city of St. Louis from removing a Confederate monument from Forest Park.

St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Robert Dierker on Monday issued the injunction and set a July 6 hearing for arguments over whether the city or the Missouri Civil War Museum owns the monument.

The museum filed a lawsuit Friday against the city, contending the United Daughters of the Confederacy signed over the ownership rights to the monument last week.

The city contends it controls the monument and wants to remove it soon.

Dierker's ruling came as city workers were installing steel rigging on the structure Monday, in preparation for removing the 38-foot monument.

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