Stacey Abrams says, “The removal of the bas relief of Confederates from Stone Mountain has been a constant debate since the state bought the property in 1958. Paid for by founders of the 2nd KKK, the monument had no purpose other than celebration of racism, terror & division when carved in 1915.We must never celebrate those who defended slavery and tried to destroy the Union.Confederate monuments belong in museums where we can study and reflect on that terrible history, not in places of honor across our state.The managers of Stone Mountain have taken steps to educate w a powerful audio tour to return the listener to the horrors of slavery.But the visible image of Stone Mountain's edifice remains a blight on our state and should be removed.”
Previous disagreements concerning Confederate monuments have taken place, therefore this call comes from the earlier proposals to eliminate Stone Mountain. This call caused others to look at options of how to erase the image of the Confederate leaders. Some suggestions have been dynamite or sandblasting. Neither of these would fully get rid of the image and the cost would be great.