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Petitioning GA House of Representatives Karen Bennett and 9 others

Remake the Confederate Memorial Carving on Stone Mountain, in Georgia.

650
Supporters

The reason this is important, is the three men embossed on the face of arguably the most famous landmark in the great state of Georgia are icons for what is widely considered the darkest period in our nation’s history. A war that claimed the lives of approximately 620,000 Americans (www.civilwar.org). A war that divided our great nation, and pitted brother against brother. A war that was waged in the name of slavery, racism, and oppression; The polar opposites of the founding principles of this great nation.
Additionally, the thousands of men and women from Georgia that have given their lives and livelihoods in the name of freedom for all Americans deserve a majestic reminder befitting their service and sacrifice. There is no better place than the face of Stone Mountain.

Thank you for your time and your support,
- McCartney Forde I

Letter to
GA House of Representatives Karen Bennett
Georgia State Senate
Georgia State House
and 7 others
Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed
GA State Senator Jason Carter
GA State Senator Don Balfour
GA State Senator Gloria Butler
GA House of Representatives Billy Mitchell
GA House of Representatives Michele Henson
Georgia Governor
To remove the Confederate Memorial Carving (CMC) from the North face of Stone Mountain, located in Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Once the carving has been removed, replace it with a monument that honors all the Georgia veterans who were killed, wounded, or taken prisoner in World War I, World War II, The Korean War, Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm, The war in Iraq, and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Remodel Confederate Hall into a facility that honors the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom of all Americans in wars and conflicts since 1900.

The reason for this is important, is the three men embossed on the face of arguably the most famous landmark in the great state of Georgia represent the root cause for what is widely considered the darkest period in our nation’s history. A war that claimed the lives of approximately 620,000 Americans (www.civilwar.org). A war that divided our great nation, and pitted brother against brother. A war that was waged in the name of slavery, racism, and oppression; The polar opposites of the founding principles of this great nation.

Some might argue that this monument honors so-called heroes of the Civil War, but in reality it is a monument that perpetuates the perception of Georgia as an icon of racism, slavery and oppression.

Continuing to allow this monument stand, along with Confederate Hall in its current state is tantamount to a statue of Adolf Hitler in Jerusalem.

It reminds one of the prodigious murals in North Korea. An homage to the oppressor towering over the oppressed.

In the 21st century, nearly 150 years after the end of the Civil War and slavery, 50 years after the March on Washington and the “I Have A Dream” speech, a memorial such as the CMC has no place in today’s society.

As it stands now, Stone Mountain is akin to a glorified tombstone. A memorial to a set of ideals that is dead, and rightfully so; A relic of a time gone-by.

Additionally, the thousands of men and women from Georgia that have given their lives and livelihoods in the name of freedom for all Americans deserve a majestic reminder befitting their service and sacrifice. There is no better place than the face of Stone Mountain.

Thank you for your time and support.