Atlanta, GA – Atlanta city officials have voted to ask Governor Nathan Deal to consider making changes to the giant carving on Stone Mountain that features Confederate leaders.
Atlanta City Council member Michael Julian Bond proposed asking Gov. Deal to form a committee to study possible changes to the carving that features Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
WSB-TV, in Atlanta, is reporting that Bond has described the relief of Confederate generals as “art,” and said he doesn’t believe it should be sandblasted off the face of the mountain. Instead, Bond believes state leaders should explore adding others to the carving who reflect Georgia’s broader history, such as James Oglethorpe, President Jimmy Carter, or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“That would make Stone Mountain, I think, an enlightened place that reflects all of Georgia’s history,” Bond said. “…Georgia’s history is much greater than the four years of the Confederacy; it’s much more diverse and rich than that period which has been highly romanticized, particularly in the last 50 to 60 years.”
Bond’s move was affirmed by a 9-2 vote on Monday, with council members Howard Shook and Alex Wan voting against the resolution.