Update: Thanks to those of you who pointed out my rookie mistake re: “the mountain top” reference in King’s speech. I guess it doesn’t really matter what speech of his they etch into that monument.
Over the summer, individuals and organizations protesting the removal of Confederate flags from public places gathered numerous times at Stone Mountain, Georgia in view of its relief monument to Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis. Protesters may think twice about doing so in the future since it was announced that a monument to Martin Luther King, Jr. and a museum exhibit about the service of United States Colored Troops will be funded with visitor entrance and parking fees.
The rationale behind the addition seems to be the following:
But behind the racially charged argument was this point from critics that struck home: As a three-dimensional history lesson, Stone Mountain has pushed a one-sided view of America’s bloodiest conflict — one that hasn’t changed much since the 1960s and ignores its impact on nearly half of this state’s Civil War population. That is, the portion that was in chains.
King’s famous “I Have a Dream Speech” with its famous line, “I have been to the mountaintop” will be included on the monument. Officials with Stone Mountain have embraced adding to the commemorative landscape rather than removal and I think it is safe to say that this might be the perfect location for such a strategy.
Stone Mountain’s famous light show will soon entertain visitors with King looking down on three men who sacrificed so much to create slaveholding republic.