August 8, 2020

Anger as US’s largest Confederate memorial to reopen on Independence Day

Atlanta, Georgia is facing renewed calls for the removal of the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial after activists expressed outrage over the monument’s planned reopening on Independence Day weekend.

The nine-storey-high bas-relief sculpture was temporarily closed after the ongoing coronavirus pandemic hit the US, but many activists have long demanded its permanent removal due to its controversial history.

Recent demands for the monument to be expunged have been fuelled by national civil unrest caused by the death of George Floyd and subsequent calls for officials to tear down representations of slavery and colonial power across the US.

(Getty Images) A Black Lives Matter protest in front of the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial

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