The Confederate Carving at Stone Mountain


There was a recent meeting of the gubernatorial-appointed Stone Mountain Memorial Association, which oversees the popular park which includes the world’s largest bas-relief sculpture that is a memorial to Confederates who fell in battle from 1861-65. In attendance were groups including the NAACP and the Stone Mountain Action Coalition (SMAC) and their “redefining” proposals range from downgrading the appearance the park and even hiding or destroying the memorial carving.

The big problem the critics have, though, is that Georgia law ensures that the faces on Stone Mountain can never be removed, altered, concealed, or obscured. OCGA 50-3-1(c) clearly says Stone Mountain “shall be preserved and protected for all time as a tribute to the bravery and heroism of the citizens of this state who suffered and died in their cause.” 

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