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Ga. Confederate monument board to mull changes, look to lawmakers

Stone Mountain, finished in 1972, has drawn millions of visitors to the Georgia state park...
Stone Mountain, finished in 1972, has drawn millions of visitors to the Georgia state park outside Atlanta. (AP) (KOTA)
Published: Nov. 18, 2020 at 5:49 AM CST
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STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — The directors of Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park have acknowledged demands for change, but say they won’t decide on removing any Confederate symbols from the park until after the General Assembly meets next year.

Meanwhile, Stone Mountain Memorial Association CEO Bill Stephens is leading a panel to review proposals for changes.

The mountainside carving of Gen. Robert E. Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson is the largest Confederate monument ever created.

It has special protection in Georgia law.

A lawmaker calling for change says the park is losing money because of its association with the Confederacy.

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