Rebuttal to Remake the Confederate Memorial Carving on Stone Mountain
  • Petitioned State of Georgia, etal

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Parks and Recreation Department
State of Georgia, etal

Rebuttal to Remake the Confederate Memorial Carving on Stone Mountain

    1. Greg Roach
    2. Petition by

      Greg Roach

      Buford, GA

There is a petition currently contrived to attempt to deface this artwork. The piece of art on the side of Stone Mountain was started by an artist known as Gutzon Borglum. Gutzon was a world renowned carver and known for stone carvings. He is also the same man that was in charge of the carving on Mt. Rushmore where he died in 1941 before it was finished. He started the Stone Mountain carving in 1924 just prior to the Mt. Rushmore carving.  But due to wars and construction problems the carving would not be finished until 1972.  This is a valuable piece of artwork for future generations to experience. Furthermore everything in todays world doesn't have to be 21st century. It is imperative that some history be left behind so that generations to come will know where we came from as a society. This is not something to be changed on a whim or because someone is bored and wants to stir something up. This is valuable art and we support it being protected in its current state. Defacing it is not an option.

To:
State of Georgia, etal, Parks and Recreation Department
Save the artwork on the side of Stone Mountain in its present state

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Congratulations on Saving a Valuable Piece of Artwork

      Greg Roach
      Petition Organizer

      In lieu of the closing of his petition, we claim victory simply because of the number of signature on each petition. Final count on his petition to have the monument destroyed - 650. Ours to save it - 2031. We read that as a victory! Congratulations and a BIG THANK YOU to those who have signed and helped promote this petition. You will probably see us again if there are any more heritage fights to be fought. Hopefully we can all learn to live together and respect one another's heritage. God Bless You All and Deo Vindice.

    2. Reached 2,000 signatures
    3. Special Thanks to All This Petitions Promoters

      Greg Roach
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so very much for your participation in recruiting signers to support our history. It is a daunting task that requires efforts from those who live in a very busy and challenging environment. So, your participation is really appreciated! We are confident that the carving is worth saving for the future generations to have and enjoy. Its a wonderful thing to behold and you may have already seen it first hand. But, the disturbing part is reading some of the comments on the petition to have the carving removed. Most of them have a couple of things in common : they have a distinct hatred for the southern culture, they are clueless about the true facts surrounding the war between the states and they want everything southern destroyed and rewritten. But, for many of us we see this as " The Line in the Sand" to attempt to stop cultural genocide in America. Please help continue the battle. Deo Vindice and God Bless!

    4. Current status of fight to save Confederate carving

      Greg Roach
      Petition Organizer

      Currently the petition to save the Confederate carving on Stone Mountain has more signatures than the petition to destroy it ..... Thank God. However, he hasn't pulled his petition and we aren't going to pull this one until he pulls his. We suspect at sometime they will actively start working theirs again probably with help from the NAACP. Therefore, it would be to the disadvantage if we did anything but left ours lying also, but we probably won't work it as actively as we have been working it. Please keep it close in mind and keep people signing our petition, if at all possible. We have notified Parks and Rec by certified mail that we have this petition to offer in rebuttal to his. Hopefully he will just evaporate into the dust and leave our artwork alone.
      Sincerely .... Greg and Chan Roach

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures
    6. A case for " political correctness" that's lost its mind?

      Greg Roach
      Petition Organizer

      We must continue the fight for signatures and not let up. This wave of: if I don't like it then its racist has to be stopped. I may not care for the MLK center in Atlanta, but I don't want it removed because I personally don't care for it. Removing the memorial carving will not rewrite history as many of you also remark. And, unlike someone else who promised they would read every comment....... I do read every comment. Many of you remark this is akin to the Taliban blowing up the 5000 yr.old Buddhist statues in the Afghanistan mountains. I tend to argue it's exactly the same thing. Trying to force the removal of this carving is an attempt at " heritage cleansing" and this practice must be stopped "cold" in its tracks. As one man commented..... " The efforts to remove the Images from Stone Mountain are not acceptable in this country." "Sensorship"....clearly there is an attempt to violate our " Freedom of Speech" protection under the Constitution because we are Southerners its O.K.

    7. Congratulations to all you supporters...... you caught his. Deo Vindice!

      Greg Roach
      Petition Organizer

      UPDATE> 5/16 @ 11:35 P.M. e/s time ....... to save 674 ...... to destroy 592. Thank all you all that love history and heritage. There is nothing wrong with the content of this carving. These three men were fine well respected individuals. Two never really owned slaves and were in fact not in favor of slavery. Jeff Davis started out with one slave around 1830, He and that slave farmed a 3oo acre or so farm for several years that his family had gave him. At the start of the war he had a sizable negro work force...... 74 ..... is what I read in one place. The first slave he had was their "over-seer" and was actually a close companion of Mr. Davis. When Jeff Davis went to Cuba for an extended rest to try and rebound from a bout of illness, he took the man with him. It was like a family deal; they were all like family. If you look at the carving closely, the three men are holding their hats over their hearts and praying to God that he give them guidance. This is a beautiful piece of art.

    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. Jefferson Davis was no traitor - He believed in the Constitution

      Greg Roach
      Petition Organizer

      As Davis explained in his memoir The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, he believed that each state was sovereign and had an unquestionable right to secede from the Union.
      The Meriden Daily Journal stated that Davis, at a reception held in New Orleans in May 1887, urged southerners to be loyal to the nation. He said, "United you are now, and if the Union is ever to be broken, let the other side break it." Davis stated that men in the Confederacy had successfully fought for their own rights with inferior numbers during the Civil War and that the northern historians ignored this view. Davis firmly believed that Confederate secession was constitutional.

    10. The Jackson family was recorded to own 6 slaves he was educating

      Greg Roach
      Petition Organizer

      Jackson was revered by many of the African-Americans in town, both slaves and free blacks. He was instrumental in the organization in 1855 of Sunday School classes for blacks at the Presbyterian Church. His second wife, Mary Anna Jackson, taught with Jackson, as "he preferred that my labors should be given to the colored children, believing that it was more important and useful to put the strong hand of the Gospel under the ignorant African race, to lift them up.
      Jackson's family owned six slaves in the late 1850s. Three (Hetty, Cyrus, and George, a mother and two teenage sons) were received as a wedding present. Another, Albert, requested that Jackson purchase him and allow him to work for his freedom; he was employed as a waiter in one of the Lexington hotels and Jackson rented him to VMI. Amy also requested that Jackson purchase her from a public auction and she served the family as a cook and housekeeper. The sixth, Emma, was a four-year-old orphan with a learning disability.

    11. A letter from General Lee to his wife in 1856.

      Greg Roach
      Petition Organizer

      ... In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution, is a moral & political evil in any Country. It is useless to expatiate on its disadvantages. I think it however a greater evil to the white man than to the black race, & while my feelings are strongly enlisted in behalf of the latter, my sympathies are more strong for the former. The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, socially & physically. The painful discipline they are undergoing, is necessary for their instruction as a race, & I hope will prepare & lead them to better things. How long their subjugation may be necessary is known & ordered by a wise Merciful Providence.

      —Robert E. Lee, to Mary Anna Lee, December 27, 1856

    12. Thank you signers, family, and friends...... please share/re-share

      Greg Roach
      Petition Organizer

      Starting at about 220 signatures or so it has been a real struggle. This thing has unfolded exactly like it did in the eighties. We petitioned the governor then to get it stopped and he determined it was a park service decision and passed the hot potato to them. I don't think this governor will do any different this time. The park service manager of the bunch that manages the park ruled it would be based on signatures. They got the sclc to have a petition signing event and there was a line all the way around the block down at the sclc's headquarters in Atlanta. I look for them to do it exactly the same way this time. So we need signatures. Please share and re-share.

    13. Reached 250 signatures
    14. Share, share, and re-share

      Greg Roach
      Petition Organizer

      Dismal but fighting. This thing went national yesterday morning and he got a hundred signatures in about ten minutes. We went over some of the comments of his signers and a lot want the carving saved? They're telling him it's history and needs to remain but they're signing his book to have it destroyed? It wouldn't be so bad if they would at least come over and sign ours. I was in the deal when they tried this same thing in the eighties. The thing came down then to number of signatures. There were 5 lines on the petition sheets and the last line was "Reason for decision." In that line the word on about every signature was either racism or historical. The only thing the park service was interested in was approved signatures. The Southern whites are sitting on their butts going , "they're not going to touch it" and the blacks are "hell bent and determined the thing is going to come down. And true historians and art appreciators are caught in the middle. So Thanks for your support!

    15. Reached 200 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Clarence WILLIAMS NEWPORT, NC
      • 6 months ago

      Being originally from Texas, it illustrates part of my southern heritage. It does not glorify the war nor the reasons for the war. Lets celibrate the carving for what it is - pure art and beautiful as well. for what it is

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    • Mike Mazaika MOUNT AIRY, MD
      • 7 months ago

      Dear Folks:

      Whether you agree or disagree with the American Civil War, its causes, and varied historionics, we are a poorer Nation when we consciously purge either the good or bad we do as a people - to ourselves and to one another. In so doing and in our arrogance, we only fool ourselves into believing that we possess the ability to learn and grow. - Mike Mazaika. (For I am nothing but a poor sinner; trusting in Christ alone for my Salvation).

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    • Marty jr Roberts COVINGTON, GA
      • 7 months ago

      It's heritage not racist thing. Do you tink you would be here today if the wars never happened? Think of that for a change. I understand y'all have roots and I don't go trying to change that understand the southern heritage history or leave it and shut the hell up. (Period). No matter how hard u try u can not change yesterday. If you want to change how yesterday went then that's on you to achive in today but u can't change what's already done.

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    • Amy Fields GAINESVILLE, GA
      • 7 months ago

      This is History, you shouldn't change history even if you don't agree with it. If you don't like the carving then DON'T go there and look at it. Simple as that.

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    • Andre Davillae INGLEWOOD, CA
      • 7 months ago

      I have always wanted to see this incredible work of art in person. I will not stand by as people try to destroy other peoples' heritage.

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