In an effort to gain political momentum off of the Charlottesville, VA protests and violence, Democratic candidate for Georgia Governor, Stacey Abrams, calls for the removal of one of the most popular Confederate monuments in the United States – the carving of Stone Mountain.
In 1912, Mrs. C. Helen Plane, charter member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) out forth the idea of the monument. The Venable family, owners of the mountain, deeded the north face of the mountain to the UDC in 1916. The UDC was given 12 years to complete a sizable Civil War monument. In the 1920s, the Venables granted the Klan easement with perpetual right to hold celebrations as they desired and she established a continuous fund raising efforts to support the completion of the project.
The Confederate monument carving depicts images of Confederacy President Jefferson Davis, Generals Robert E. Lee, and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. The carving of the north face of Stone Mountain began 1915, but were not finished until May of 1970. The monuments finishing touches were completed in 1972.
Abrams posted on Twitter that the carvings are a “blight on our state and should be removed.” The candidate also posted that “Confederate monuments belong in museums where we can study and reflect on that terrible history, not in places of honor across our state.”
Abrams also stated that the monument was “paid for by the founders of the second wave of the Ku Klux Klan” and there was no other purpose for the monument but to celebrate the actions of “racism, terror and division when carved.”
(Picture of Stacey Abrams, Democratic Candidate for Georgia Governor and former Georgia State House Minority Leader)