The madness continues. The Atlanta chapter of the NAACP officially called for the elimination of all symbols of the Confederacy from Stone Mountain.
World’s largest exposed granite monolith with relief carving of Confederate notables
WSB TV reported:
Channel 2’s Berndt Petersen talked with Yolanda Shackelford, who was chaperoning a group of children from Cobb County on a trip to Stone Mountain.
“When I’m out here, and I have to be honest, when I’m out here enjoying Stone Mountain, I’m thinking about what it has to offer for what I’m coming for,” Shackelford said.
But the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP has a much more serious point of view. The organization issued a statement calling for the removal of all symbols of the Confederacy from the park.
“My tax dollars should not be used to commemorate slavery,” Rose said.
Rose said his group wants Confederate symbols removed from all state-owned buildings, parks and lands.
Rose told Petersen he would start with Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
“Those guys need to go. They can be sand-blasted off, or somebody could carefully remove a slab of that and auction it off to the highest bidder,” Rose said.
Shackelford said she is all for a discussion as long as it’s not based on emotion.
“We have to look at history. We have to look at how it’s affecting all people. That’s my view. We are an organization of many faces. So, we always want to consider our total community,”Shackelford said.
A spokesman for Stone Mountain Park said any removal of the Confederate flags or monuments is up to the Georgia Legislature.
The largest high relief sculpture in the world, the Confederate Memorial Carving, depicts three Confederate heroes of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. The entire carved surface measures three-acres, larger than a football field and Mount Rushmore. The carving of the three men towers 400 feet above the ground, measures 90 by 190 feet, and is recessed 42 feet into the mountain. The deepest point of the carving is at Lee’s elbow, which is 12 feet to the mountain’s surface.
In 1912 the carving existed only in the imagination of Mrs. C. Helen Plane, charter member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC). The Venable family, owners of the mountain, deeded the north face of the mountain to the UDC in 1916.
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