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Stone Mountain Park’s new logo nixes Confederate imagery

Stone Mountain Park’s new logo nixes Confederate imagery

The Stone Mountain Memorial Association is about to take the next step toward deemphasizing the Confederate symbolism that has made the park in DeKalb County a lightning rod. The association’s board is expected to adopt a new logo Monday that depicts the southern face of the mountain away from the massive carving of three Confederate leaders. It would replace the previous logo dominated by images of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. The Stone Mountain carving was sculpted during the last century over a period of decades, a time that saw the rebirth…
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Here’s what’s next for Stone Mountain’s Confederate carving

Here’s what’s next for Stone Mountain’s Confederate carving

The state board that oversees Stone Mountain Park voted Monday to tone down its Confederate imagery but stay in keeping with a state law prohibiting the removal of historic monuments from public property. The Stone Mountain Memorial Association’s Board of Directors passed four resolutions to give the giant carving of three Confederate leaders on the side of the mountain historic context with a museum exhibit to be located at the park’s Memorial Hall. The resolutions also call for relocating the Confederate flags that line the park’s main walk-up trail to the base of the mountain, designing a new logo for…
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What’s next for Stone Mountain’s Confederate carving? Find out Monday

What’s next for Stone Mountain’s Confederate carving? Find out Monday

Proposals to add historical context around the Confederate carving at Stone Mountain are set to face a vote Monday amid calls to remove the controversial monument and backlash from its supporters. The upcoming vote marks the first moves by the Stone Mountain Memorial Association to address longstanding outrageover the giant carving on the mountain’s side, which depicts Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. The proposals for an exhibit about the carving’s history as a post-Civil War memorial to the Confederacy and the removal of several Confederate flags to other areas of the park…
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Should Stone Mountain Park remove Confederate flags and symbols?

Should Stone Mountain Park remove Confederate flags and symbols?

Stone Mountain could see changes around the park’s controversial Confederate carving and other symbols under proposals expected to face votes next month. Recommendations to set up a new museum exhibit telling the checkered history of the large Confederate mountainside carving and to relocate Confederate flags at the park were pitched at a Stone Mountain Memorial Association board meeting Monday. Monday’s meeting was the first chaired by Rev. Abraham Mosley, who was tapped last week as the association’s first Black chairman after serving on its board of directors since 2019. Mosley said the exhibit and relocation proposals mark a “good start” to address…
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Georgia police officer hospitalized after being hit by car

Georgia police officer hospitalized after being hit by car

CLARKSTON -- A Clarkston police officer was hospitalized after a police say a suspect drove towards the officer and hit him with his car early Sunday morning. According to the GBI, preliminary information indicates that at about 12:30 a.m., Clarkston Police officers responded to a 911 call involving a domestic incident with shots fired at an apartment complex located at 3629 Montreal Creek Circle in Clarkston. Upon arrival, officers encountered 29-year-old Reginald Maurice Gadson in a parking lot. GBI officials say while police were attempting to make contact with Gadson, he entered a nearby vehicle and sped toward the officers.…
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The one-year-old girl kidnapped during a vehicle theft has been found

The one-year-old girl kidnapped during a vehicle theft has been found

A one-year-old girl who was kidnapped when her mother's SUV was stolen has been found safely. The DeKalb County Police Department reported that Royalty Grisby was located Thursday afternoon, found to be safe, and returned to her family. Royalty's mother was attempting to make a food delivery on Harvest Dale Court in Stone Mountain, when two suspects stole her Nissan Armada. Royalty was inside the SUV in the back seat. The child was found when someone heard a baby crying on the porch of a home in Lithonia. One suspect has been arrested in the case.
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Amber Alert: 1-year-old girl kidnapped during vehicle theft

Amber Alert: 1-year-old girl kidnapped during vehicle theft

A 1-year-old girl was kidnapped at about 2 a.m. Thursday when the vehicle she was in was stolen. The child's mother was attempting to make a food delivery on Harvest Dale Court in Stone Mountain, when two suspects stole the vehicle. 1-year-old Royalty Grisby was inside the vehicle in the back seat. The vehicle is a 2010 burgundy Nissan Armada SUV with Georgia tag RWW4748. Royalty is wearing a purple shirt with purple pants and white and pink socks. Police are asking anyone who sees Royalty or the SUV to call 911 immediately.
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Fugitive murder suspect on the run in DeKalb County

Fugitive murder suspect on the run in DeKalb County

STONE MOUNTAIN -- The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit is asking for your help locating a murder suspect. A Felony Murder warrant has been issued for 32 year-old Stone Mountain, Georgia resident Michael Blair Stewart in connection with the December 5, 2020 shooting death of 31 year-old Stone Mountain resident Jireh Kharnplay Morris on Bouldercrest Road in DeKalb County. According to the warrant, Stewart should be approached with caution, as he is considered to be dangerous and may be armed. Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of the suspect is asked to contact the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office…
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Prayer event at Stone Mountain seeks to remove confederate symbols

Prayer event at Stone Mountain seeks to remove confederate symbols

Flags of the Confederacy flapped in the occasional breeze Tuesday as a group prayed for change and healing at a state-owned park that is home to the nation’s largest Confederate memorial and a recent focus of civil unrest. “We are going to unify DeKalb County, Stone Mountain, the state of Georgia, our nation under this issue,” said Meymoona Freeman, co-chair of the Stone Mountain Action Coalition, a new grassroots group advocating for a reimagining of a place where the modern Ku Klux Klan was born. “This is a national issue. This is not just local. This is the granddaddy of all Confederate…
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Stone Mountain nonprofit teaches life skills through chess

Stone Mountain nonprofit teaches life skills through chess

The DeKalb County Virtual Village 2.0, "Keeping Children Safe During a Global Pandemic," has announced that Orrin Hudson, founder and creative director of the Stone Mountain-based nonprofit Be Someone Inc., will soon be presenting a series of 10 virtual chess classes for county youth ages 8 to 18.  The classes will be one hour long and will be taught Saturdays, 11 a.m. to noon starting Oct. 10. The free program will culminate Dec. 12 with a chess tournament followed by an awards program. What makes Hudson's program unique is that while teaching the younger generation to play chess he is using…
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