Stone Mountain prepares for Confederate Memorial Day demonstrations

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Stone Mountain is Georgia’s most visited tourist attraction and is also a lightning rod for controversy. In the namesake city outside the state’s Stone Mountain Park, protesters clashed downtown in 2020.

(Georgia Public Broadcasting) Events planned for Confederate Memorial Day at Georgia’s Stone Mountain are again drawing criticism and the prospect of opposing demonstrators at the state-owned park on Saturday.

Several groups are calling on Gov. Brian Kemp to cancel the event.

Gerald Griggs, president of the Georgia NAACP, said that changes at the park, which is designated by state law as a Confederate memorial, aren’t happening quickly enough.

“They’ve been talking about reimagining Stone Mountain and the only thing they did is change the logo,” Griggs said. “They haven’t removed the Confederate flags from the base of the mountain. They have done nothing.”

The Sons of Confederate Veterans will lead the event on Saturday, which is scheduled to feature keynote speaker John Weaver.

Stone Mountain prepares for Confederate Memorial Day demonstrations | Georgia Public Broadcasting