On Saturday, a large group of armed protesters marched through Stone Mountain Park in Georgia, calling for the removal of the massive Confederate sculpture from the park.
The predominantly black protesters spoke out against the huge sculpture representing General Robert E. Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, WXIA-TV reported. Carved out of a granite mountain, the bas-relief sculpture is the largest Confederate monument ever designed.
Stone Mountain Memorial Association spokesperson John Bankhead said there were between 100 and 200 protesters. He said the protesters, many of whom carried large rifles, were peaceful.
Although the park has historically been a gathering place for white supremacists, the town of Stone Mountain today has a predominantly black population.
The park usually hosts a laser show and a July 4 fireworks display with the sculpture as a backdrop, but this year’s presentation has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: AP News