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ATL NAACP: To Restore Stone Mountain To Original Beauty - Under $2M

Suggests filling in Confederate carving with plaster and cement

Maria Boynton
July 16, 2018 - 2:21 pm

When I first wrote (July 13, 2015) about NAACP Atlanta President Richard Rose wanting the generals sandblasted from Stone Mountain, it was met with much protest, including claims that the price tag to do so would be too high.

Now, three years later, Rose says, "we continue to be on the side that Georgia should not celebrate a traitorous insurrection against America." The Confederacy, Rose goes on to say, "lasted just a little bit over 4 years, so we're not talking about an expansive period in history where there was supposedly a separate nation." He adds that that time in American history is "being celebrated only to highlight white supremacy and black oppression."

Rose now has an idea which he says is far less costly and would restore the Mountain to its natural beauty. " He says that he has spoken to concrete contractors who say there's a way to blow a mixture of plaster and concrete over the indentations in the mountain. 

"It would smooth the mountain out back to what it looked like before the attempts to create this racist monument."

The carving features three prominent figures from the Civil War. According to StoneMountainPark.com , the carving of the three men towers 400 feet above the ground, measures 90 by 190 feet, and is recessed 42 feet into the mountain. The deepest point of the carving is at Lee's elbow, which is 12 feet to the mountain's surface. 

As for how much filling in the cuts and crevices might cost,  Rose says he's received estimates of less than two million dollars to get it done. "Two million dollars is not worth another single life that is taken from influence by these carvings", says Rose, adding that contractors estimate such a task could take anywhere from 6 to 9 months depending on the weather.