Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial Day Draws Crowds, Criticisms

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(11 Alive) For 20 years, the Confederate Memorial Day celebration has been taking place at Stone Mountain Park — right in front of the mountain’s iconic carving of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and “Stonewall” Jackson.

In recent times, this site has been a focal point for protest. Over the generations, it’s a day that’s reopened wounds from 160 years ago and to debate the meaning of the American Civil War via ceremony and counter-protest.

The carving has been in place on Stone Mountain for more than 50 years. The debate over its symbolism will likely remain for decades to come.

On Saturday, The Sons of Confederate Veterans gathered at Stone Mountain to observe Confederate Memorial Day.

Those against the gathering said this event is rooted in racism.

“The celebration of the people who wanted to continue the institution of slavery is just inappropriate in today’s world. We’re not supportive of that and want to make sure people are aware this is going on in a state park,” said Brian Morris of the Stone Mountain Action Coalition.

But Georgia Sons of Confederate Veterans member Eric Cleveland said critics of the event don’t understand what it is really about.

“People need to see our entire history. All of our history is important. Yours, mine. It all…

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