In the weeks since the violent White Supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, pressure has mounted for local governments to remove Confederate monuments from state-owned land. Several monuments around the country have already been taken down and now sights are set on the countries largest tribute to the Confederacy.
Stone Mountain, Georgia is home to a 42 feet deep carving of General Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis. The three confederate leaders hover 400 feet above ground on the northern face of the granite mountain.
The site is steeped in a racist past. In 1915, the location was used by the Ku Klux Klan to mark its second founding. The Thanksgiving day ceremony featured a cross burning on top of the mountain.
Current Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has called for the statue's removal.
The removal of the bas relief of Confederates from Stone Mountain has been a constant debate since the state bought the property in 1958. /1— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) August 15, 2017
“[Stone Mountain] remains a blight on our state and should be removed,” Abrams tweeted. “We must never celebrate those who defended slavery and tried to destroy the union.”
Georgia state law prohibits any altercation to the shrine so changes would need to be approved by the state legislature.