Dozens of protesters were videoed marching on Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park on July 4, demanding that a giant rock relief depicting Confederate leaders be taken down.There were about 100 to 200 protesters, park authorities estimated. Many of them were Black, and most were heavily armed.However, the protest was peaceful, and park authorities said they had no issue with it.Stone Mountain Park has long been a popular gathering place for white supremacists, including the Ku Klux Klan.Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.
Up to 200 mainly Black protesters, many of them heavily armed, marched on Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park on the Fourth of July holiday to demand that a giant Confederate carving be removed.The nine-story-high rock relief, known as the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial, depicts Gen. Robert E. Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson mounted on horseback.The carving was commissioned by segregationist officials in Georgia in 1958 and completed in 1972, according to Reuters. It is the largest Confederate monument in the world.
A woman speaks in front of the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial in Stone Mountain, Georgia, at a separate protest on June 16, 2020.
Stone Mountain is a historic gathering spot for white supremacists, including the Ku Klux Klan, according to The Associated Press (AP).
Between 100 and 200 protesters descended on the park on Saturday to protest the carving, the AP reported, citing Stone Mountain Memorial Association spokesman John Bankhead.Bankhead added that the protesters, many of whom were carried rifles, were peaceful. He also told local news channel 11Alive he has no issue with the demonstrators entering the exercise their free speech.Videos uploaded to Twitter on Saturday showed dozens of mostly Black protesters carrying weapons and walking toward the park.Many are wearing what appears to be bulletproof vests, and most are wearing protective face masks. One man can be heard saying “Black power,” while another says: “Black love, Black love.”
—Naomi (@naomiruta) July 4, 2020—Jollof Rice Brand Ambassador (@_King_Akin) July 4, 2020Video from 11Alive also showed the protesters chanting at the park: “I solemnly swear to protect the Black nation.”Many people across the US had used the Fourth of July holiday to protest.On Saturday, a group of mostly Native American protesters blocked the road leading to Mount Rushmore in the hours leading up to President Donald Trump’s speech at the monument.The Supreme Court had ruled in 1980 that the land where the Mount Rushmore carvings were created was illegally taken by the US from the Sioux tribe in 1873.
When the demonstrators refused to disband, the South Dakota National Guard shot close-range shells and unleashed pepper spray on some of them. Fifteen people were arrested.On early Saturday morning, a car drove through a group of protesters in Seattle, Washington. Two women were rushed to the hospital with injuries; one has since died and the other remains in critical condition.LoadingSomething is loading.