Rebel Flag Supporters Gather At Stone Mountain Park For A Confederate Flag Rally
|Rebel Flag Supporters Gather At Stone Mountain|
Park For A Confederate Flag Rally
Caravans from all over Georgia bore unwavering rebel flags as they streamed into the park’s Yellow Daisy parking lot for the day-long event, which
approximately 1,000 people are expected to attend, according to a Facebook event titled “Ga. State Flag Rally.”
Organizers called for a peaceful rally and arranged meet-ups statewide. Proponents traveled from at least 40 counties throughout the state. The rules as outlined on their Facebook page read:
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This is to show our support BC we care about where we live and grew up, lets keep this Clean and Peaceful!
Absolutely ZERO tolerance on these rules, if you don’t think you can follow don’t show up.
There will be plenty others there who can follow the rules. See y’all there, thank you and God Bless!”
In addition to the infamous Confederate Flag, is a historic carving on the side of the granite mountain, the Confederate Memorial Carving.
Touted on the state park’s website, it’s “the largest high relief sculpture in the world, the Confederate Memorial Carving, depicts three Confederate heroes of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson.”
Just 45 short years ago, a dedication ceremony for the Confederate Memorial Carving was held on May 9, 1970. Finishing touches to the carving were completed in 1972.
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The Atlanta chapter of the NAACP has called for a removal of the carving from the mountain and the Atlanta City Council has asked the state to consider giving the carving a makeover.
The rally was organized by JT Nicholson, a Thomaston native who started a Facebook page titled “CSA Flag Rally 2015″ that has nearly 6,000 likes. According to the event page, several Georgia counties are participating in the event.
“So far about 40 counties doing this! Amazing y’all! God is good ain’t he?!” it reads.
Cars and trucks bearing license plates from a variety of counties parked side-by-side in the lot amid a sea of Confederate flags, broken up periodically by the American flag.
There was significant law enforcement presence at the park as caravans began arriving early Saturday. Stone Mountain Park spokesman John Bankhead said security will be heightened at the event.