Civil Rights Groups Hope Ga. Governor Will Prevent King Monument

Civil rights leaders have told Georgia's governor they will never support plans to install a monument to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. amid Confederate sculptures at Stone Mountain park.

Organizers discussed the issue Wednesday with Gov. Nathan Deal. They hope the Republican governor can stop the process.

Officials at the state park have proposed putting a replica Liberty Bell atop the mountain, which also is home to a giant carving of three Confederate leaders.

The site long has been controversial in Georgia. For years, the mountain was used for Ku Klux Klan rallies. The state later bought the site. Lawmakers designated it a Confederate memorial and prevented changes to the carving.

The June massacre of nine worshippers at a South Carolina church sparked discussions nationwide about Confederate symbols.


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