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Nathan Deal

Should the Confederate carving on Georgia's Stone Mountain stay up as a reminder of history?

Should the Confederate carving on Georgia's Stone Mountain stay up as a reminder of history?

Most postcards of the huge granite outcropping that rises abruptly on the outskirts of Atlanta dwell on one section: a vast carving of three giants of the Confederacy — Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson — on horseback, clasping their hats to their chests.

It is the largest and most ambitious memorial to the South's "Lost Cause" — a monument that took nearly half a century to complete.

Yet clamber up the mammoth gray rock, past the row of Confederate battle flags at the foot of a mile-long walk-up trail, and an altogether different Stone Mountain emerges.

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