A monument to black civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is planned for the top of Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park, home to a giant carving depicting three heroes of the pro-slavery Confederacy, a newspaper reported on Sunday.
Park officials told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the monument to King would feature a replica of the Liberty Bell with the inscription “Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia,” a line from his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech. King was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.
The Liberty Bell, housed at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, is a symbol of American freedom.
Formal plans, which include a memorial to black Confederate soldiers, were expected to be announced soon, the newspaper reported. Neither officials with Stone Mountain Park nor the governor’s office could immediately be reached for comment.
The park, with family attractions, hiking trails and historical exhibits, is on a site that is considered the birthplace of the modern Ku Klux Klan white supremacist group, which was revived during the 1960’s civil rights movement.
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