For all of Stone Mountain Park’s history, it did not have a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places – until now.  The Washington W. King Bridge, completed in 1891, originally spanned the Oconee River and linked the University of Georgia to more rural areas.  King’s father, Horace, was a respected engineer in his own right, having bought his own freedom after being born into slavery.  The bridge was moved to Stone Mountain Park in DeKalb County in 1965, where it has stood ever since.  Stone Mountain Memorial Association chairman Rev. Abraham Mosley said he hopes the literal bridge will help continue to serve as a figurative one linking the past and present, and Southerners of all backgrounds.

 

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