ATLANTA – At Georgia's iconic Stone Mountain — where the Confederacy is enshrined in a giant bas-relief sculpture, the Ku Klux Klan once held notorious cross-burnings and rebel battle flags still wave prominently — officials are considering what to do about those flags.
The park, which now offers family-friendly fireworks and laser light shows, is readying its "Fantastic Fourth Celebration" Thursday through Sunday, and multiple Confederate flag varieties are still displayed at the mountain's base.
Bill Stephens, chief executive officer of the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, said the display includes the red-and-blue "battle flag" of the Confederacy. That banner has come under renewed criticism nationwide after the June 17 church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina.
Stephens said the park's leaders are listening to people on both sides and considering their next steps.