Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is about to get a monument in his home state of Georgia, just above a gigantic carving of Confederate leaders Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson.

The new memorial will be built in Stone Mountain and will include a replica of the Liberty Bell, a nod to the line from Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech in which he said, “Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.”

The monument, which will be located in the state-owned park, will also include an exhibit on Black soldiers who fought in the civil war.

After the horrific church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, many called for the memorial to Confederate leaders to be removed, but Bill Stephens, chief executive officer of the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, said he doesn’t believe in destroying history.

“We’re into additions and not subtractions,” he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Officials hope the new MLK monument in Stone Mountain will be completed by next summer.

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  • The images of the Confederate traitors and extremists on Stone Mountain is disturbing to put it lightly. Some people want the Dr. King monument would be in a different location and others don’t. I don’t believe in destroying history, but I don’t believe in glamorizing the disgraceful, racist, and evil history of the Confederacy either. If the monument of Dr. King was placed on Stone Mountain while the images of the 3 Confederate rebels were gone from Stone Mountain, then that would be great. Since Georgia has a huge amount of neo-Confederates, the relief of those 3 Confederates will most probably remain. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a follower of nonviolence and he was a pacifist clergyman who also stood up for economic justice. He opposed the Vietnam War heroically and he wanted radical social change to address poverty.

    He was against militarism and he preached a revolution of values where society will focus more on people than things. His last campaign was when he promoted labor rights for Memphis sanitation workers. Dr. King wanted workers to have living wages, dignity, respect, and human rights. The Dr. King of 1968 was much more radical and much more progressive than the Dr King of 1955. In less than 3 years from now will be the 50th anniversary of his passing. We not only respect what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood for. We are inspired to carry on the work that he promoted while he was living on this Earth.

  • Rizzo

    i hope their monument includes images of black soldiers who served in the confederacy – both slaves and freemen, both involuntary and voluntary.