Stone Mountain Is Again an Ideological Battlefield

Sometimes called the Mount Rushmore of the Confederacy, the granite relief of Davis, Lee, and Jackson is the center of a charged debate.
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Stone Mountain carving

The enormous tribute to Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson.

Is it a symbol of racism that should be removed—or a work of public art, a history lesson, and the centerpiece of one of Georgia's top tourist attractions? The fate of Stone Mountain, a 190-by-90-foot carving which was conceived in 1915 and completed in 1972, is again up for debate.