Native American lawmakers petitioned the city council of Helena to remove the fountain, which was commissioned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. While Helena Mayor Jim Smith formerly opposed removing the fountain, which was dedicated in 1916, he said his change of heart came after recent events.
“I believe the time has come for the removal of the fountain,” he told the Independent Record.
The Helena City Commission has directed the city manager to remove the granite fountain. Officials haven’t yet decided what will be done with the memorial or if it will be replaced.
Pat, Stu and Jeffy looked at the story on radio Friday.
Pat wondered how on earth a Confederate memorial made it all the way up to his hometown in Montana.
“A) Montana wasn’t a state at the time, and B) it doesn’t get any more North … that’s a Northern state,” he pointed out.
“Is it possible it was just a shipping error?” Stu theorized jokingly.