Stone Mountain poses another test for Confederate symbols

FILE - A Tuesday, June 23, 2015 file photo shows a carving depicting confederates Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, in Stone Mountain, Ga. The "Confederate Memorial Carving" in a state park outside of Atlanta is once again stirring controversy, as Georgia officials try to decide what, if anything, to do about a huge sculpture that memorializes three of the South's Civil War heroes but causes offense to blacks and others. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) – Carved into Stone Mountain, near Atlanta, a Confederate trinity sits astride their horses, high above the ground.

The granite images of President Jefferson Davis and Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson pose another test for symbols of the 19th century Southern rebellion.

Following the deadly violence surrounding an Aug. 12 white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, a Democratic candidate for Georgia governor said it should be removed.  But removal would probably mean destroying a work of public art that’s the centerpiece of one of Georgia’s biggest tourist destinations.

Stone Mountain’s history is deeply entwined with the Ku Klux Klan. The group’s rebirth in 1915 was marked with a Thanksgiving night cross burning atop the mountain. But today it also hosts many other attractions, like hiking and kayaking.

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