Political Insider

An AJC blog about Atlanta politics, Georgia politics, Georgia and metro Atlanta election campaigns. Because all politics is local.

Confederate group readies for 'battle' over bill to change Stone Mountain

The Sons of Confederate Veterans is readying for a “battle” with Democrats who want changes to Stone Mountain.

The group sent out an urgent action alert to members Tuesday night about House Bill 760, a proposal sponsored by state Rep. LaDawn Jones, which would require the state agency overseeing Stone Mountain to maintain an “appropriate, inclusive and historically accurate” memorial to the Civil War.

It also appears to remove restrictions on government agencies from making changes to memorials so long as they are “historically accurate and appropriate. (Stone Mountain’s role as a memorial to the Confederate war dead is enshrined in state law.)

The legislation riled up Georgia’s SCV chapter, which has been the most vocal defender of Rebel symbolism in Georgia government.

“If we lose this battle, what will be next?” wrote Ray McBerry, a former leader of the group (and former gubernatorial candidate.)

Bear in mind that Jones, an Atlanta Democrat, has an infinitesimally small chance at moving her bill. As she herself has admitted. The AJC’s Legislative Navigator gives her a 13 percent chance of success – and that may be vastly overstating it.

(A version of this post appeared in today's Morning Jolt.)

More on this topic:

The myths carved into Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain's Confederate flags will still fly

Sandblasting the Confederate faces off Stone Mountain? Yeah right

Reader Comments ...

About the Author

Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.