Posted on August 16, 2017

Candidate for Governor Calls for Removal of Stone Mountain Carving

Richard Elliot, WSBTV, August 15, 2017

One of the gubernatorial candidates is calling for the removal of Confederate statues and monuments from around the state, including Stone Mountain’s Civil War carving.

The Democratic party front-runner for governor, Stacy Abrams, said the carving of three Confederate leaders at Stone Mountain, which is designated by state law as an official Confederate memorial site, should be removed.

“It is 2017, and now is the time for us to have a conversation about removing the last vestiges of that type of hatred and that type of vitriol toward minority communities in Georgia,” Abrams told Channel 2’s Richard Elliot.

The Georgia NAACP wants the state to remove all Confederate monuments — something that only the state legislature or local governments can actually do — not the governor.