STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — There’s no bigger relic to the Confederacy than a soaring sculpture forged into the side of Stone Mountain, outward Atlanta.
The figure of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson is incomparable than Mount Rushmore.
Edward Williams has lived nearby it for almost 20 years. When he looks at the sculpture, he says he fells that “the fight continues.”
Though no battles were fought there, it’s a traveller captivate that even includes a laser light show. But the towering is also deliberate the mystic hearth of the difficult Ku Klux Klan, which had collected there given 1915.
In 2015, white supremacists rallied there and clashed with counter-protesters.
It’s since Williams and others have now started petitions to mislay or change the monument.
“These images are people that lost a war, that wanted to say slavery, that wanted to say a way of life that released my people and other minorities,” Williams said.
But it’s a difficult issue. One doubtful voice for moving past the monuments discuss is polite rights idol and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young.
“I consider it’s too dear to re-fight the Civil War. We have paid too good a cost in trying to bring people together,” Young said.
But in Tampa, Florida Thursday, opponents of a statue of a insurgent infantryman pronounced they fast lifted the $70,000 indispensable to mislay it.
Across the country, some-more than 100 schools and scarcely 500 roads and highways bear the names of Confederates. In total, there is an estimated 1,500.
Jack Christensen, a great-great-grandson of one of them — Gen. Stonewall Jackson — spoke to CBS News by phone. “We are ashamed of the relic but not Stonewall Jackson himself. We are ashamed since it is an picture of white leverage that many people interpret,” he said.
Some groups are formulation pacific criticism on the lawn in front of the carving. A self-proclaimed KKK member done a ask for a assent too:on top of the mountain. It was denied.