The Missouri Civil War Museum sent a crew to dismantle and remove a confederate statue from a St. Louis park, but what the crew found instead, parked a hundred year old mystery.
Inside the statue, after it was dismantled and removed, the crew found a huge trunk hidden in the bottom of the statue.
As the crew jackhammered into the very base of what was a 35-foot-tall statue, the ground gave way and they found the chest, just hanging out there.
The Daily Mail continues:
Museum director Mark Trout tells KTVI that workers jackhammering around the last pieces of the 38-foot-tall monument popped loose the waterlogged, sealed capsule.
Trout says the find this week was ‘like Indiana Jones’.
He says the capsule will be opened privately, with the contents being revealed at a fundraiser.
‘As we were jackhammering around, we vibrated it. It popped loose,’ said Trout.
The question now on people’s minds is: What can possibly be inside?
Archives show it contains documents from the Daughters of the Confederacy, which turned over ownership of the monument to the museum, according to KTVI.
Archives also show it contains at least one other item.
‘We know the last thing put in the box was a magazine placed in there by one of the soldiers of General Pickett’s (Confederate) division at Gettysburg; the famous “Pickett’s Charge”,’ Trout said.
‘He held it up at the ceremony saying, “Hey look, we’re in the magazine. Put this in the box.”
‘When we open that box the first thing laying on top should be the ‘Star’ magazine that the soldier placed there.’
This statue was just the latest in a series to be removed from around the US. As many people claim that confederate monuments are racist, state governments are caving in and removing many.
This particular Missouri statue was on land that was disputed by the museum and the state. Eventually the state won the custody battle and insisted the museum remove the statue.
The museum says the statue will remain in storage until a new, suitable, place for it is found.