For Shelly Hutchinson, a Georgia state representative, the message of Stone Mountain, the nation’s largest Confederate monument, is personal.
And U.S. census numbers show that the village of Stone Mountain, within sight of the huge carving, has a population that is nearly three-quarters black.
Even now that the mountain is state property, historic Confederate flags fly at the site, and some visitors bring their own.
This July 20, 2020, photo shows the statue of General Robert E. Lee at Antietam battlefield in Maryland.
He read quotes from General Lee’s own congressional testimony, in which the Confederate general stated plainly that he did not believe Blacks were as capable of learning or of voting intelligently as whites.