A stone monument with a few men.

Research Project Name

Beyond the Stone: Giving Voice to an Inclusive South

What We Did

Hundreds of statues and monuments to the confederacy persist across the United States today, emboldening a violently racist vision for the country. The demand for racial justice confronts the symbolism of this vision, raising new questions about what should be done with public spaces that are defined by a tribute to the subjugation of Black people. Stone Mountain — the largest monument to the confederacy in the world and the most visited tourist attraction in Georgia — presents unique challenges as a place firmly cemented in false narratives that romanticize the confederacy.

On May 25, 2020, the murder of George Floyd reignited a demand for racial justice in American society and prompted calls for removal of blatantly racist symbolism, such as Confederate monuments. Our research engaged the local community to create a bold vision for the future of Stone Mountain. Lessons learned may inform the broader discussion of how to redefine public spaces and monuments to honor an inclusive and equitable vision for all communities.

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Ashley McClure, Gail Malone, Kelle Adams, Carolina Montilla, Hilary Ingram, Erin Greer, Megan Fogel, Kevin Songer

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