Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is about to get a monument in his home state of Georgia, just above a gigantic carving of Confederate leaders Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson.
The new memorial will be built in Stone Mountain and will include a replica of the Liberty Bell, a nod to the line from Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech in which he said, “Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.”
The monument, which will be located in the state-owned park, will also include an exhibit on Black soldiers who fought in the civil war.
After the horrific church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, many called for the memorial to Confederate leaders to be removed, but Bill Stephens, chief executive officer of the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, said he doesn’t believe in destroying history.
“We’re into additions and not subtractions,” he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Officials hope the new MLK monument in Stone Mountain will be completed by next summer.