STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — State officials have confirmed that a monument to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. will be built “above and beyond” the monument that celebrate the heroes of the Confederacy on the gigantic rock at Stone Mountain Park.
According the Associated Press and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed off on the project. Park officials said that an elevated tower — featuring a replica of the Liberty Bell — would celebrate the single line in the civil rights martyr’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech that makes reference to the 825-foot-tall hunk of granite: “Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.”
Before the project can commence, park officials need to procure the permission of Martin Luther King’s heirs since the timeless speech is copyrighted.
The park is already home to the “Confederate Memorial Carving,” a relief featuring Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee and General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. The area was infamous for KKK rallies in previous generations.