July Fourth Crowds Ignore Call To Boycott Georgia Park Over Confederate Flag
Photo "Stone Mountain Carving 2" by Jim Bowen via Wikimedia commons.
This past weekend we, as a country, celebrated our independence. And at one spot in Georgia, independence from the Confederate Flag debate was celebrated as well. Reuters is reporting that at Confederate memorial site Stone Mountain Park, “democratic state Representative LaDawn Blackett Jones urged people to stay away from the park because it flies three flags of the pro-slavery Confederacy alongside the U.S. and Georgia state flags.”
The park has a 90-foot-tall relief carved into the side of the mountain depicting leaders of the Confederacy during the time of the Civil War. President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson are shown in the relief on their horses. According to Reuters, hundreds turned out to the park over the weekend despite the boycott.
“This whole park is a Confederate memorial,” said Bobbie Smith of Fitzgerald, Georgia, “If you don’t have the flag here, where on Earth would you put it?”
The park is run by the Stone Mountain Memorial Association and sits on state property since it was acquired in 1963. A spokesman for the organization, John Bankhead said, “People on both sides of the issue say it (the flag) belongs in a museum. Here in Georgia, the Stone Mountain Park serves as that.”
The Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation currently holds a long-term lease to operate the amusements at the park.
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