ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council is officially calling on Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to consider changes to the Confederate Memorial Carving on Stone Mountain.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a resolution proposed by Councilman Michael Julian Bond asking the Governor to form a committee to study possible changes to the memorial passed by a 9 to 2 vote.
Bond disagreed with a recent call by the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP for the carving to be “sandblasted off” of the mountain. Instead, he told the AJC he believes other figures from Georgia’s history should be added, suggesting James Oglethorpe, President Jimmy Carter and/or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“That would make Stone Mountain an enlightened place that reflects all of Georgia’s history,” he told the paper. “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.”
Governor Deal’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.