Atlanta sculpture seen as a symbol of racism

August 3, 2015

Sculpture of three Confederate heroes on Stone Mountain is one of many symbols creating controversy in the South


Atlanta sculpture seen as a symbol of racism

These Confederate symbols in the South are the subject of continued controversy since the church shootings in Charleston in which nine African Americans were killed and the subsequent successful push to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state house. Atlanta city councilman Michael Julian Bond has gotten death threats since proposing to the Governor that the state consider adding other historical figures, including Martin Luther King, Jr. or former president Jimmy Carter. The NAACP wants to go a large step further. It's calling for the complete removal of the carving. The relief sculpture of Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee is three acres in size.


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