The fate of the nation’s largest Confederate monument is at a crossroads

The Stone Mountain Memorial Association voted Monday, Aug. 24 on whether to remove it from the surrounding state park.

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Stone Mountain Memorial was completed in 1972. It has been the site of several protests this summer. Photograph: Dustin Chambers/Reuters.

Stone Mountain — a historical overview

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Stone Mountain Memorial is the largest Confederate memorial in the United States and largest bas-relief carving in the world. Photograph: Greg Balfour Evans/Alamy.
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The Ku Klux Klan initiated 700 new members atop Stone Mountain in 1948. Photograph: The Associated Press.

The most popular attraction in Georgia

“Seeing the generals on the side does sicken me, it makes me sick to my stomach. But at the same time, there’s this internal conflict.”

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Stone Mountain Park hosts a weekly laser show with the memorial carving as a backdrop each summer. Photograph: stonemountainpark.com.

A growing controversy

“This is not the Confederate States of America. This is America, and a foreign adversary should not be accorded respect in our laws.”

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Far-right protestors and anti-fascist counter-protesters faced off Aug. 15 at Stone Mountain Park. Photograph: Jenni Girtman/AJC.

“Covered or removed, sandblasted — I don’t care how”

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