A Reckoning with the World's Largest Confederate Monument
On the evening of August 8th, Georgians met in the auditorium at the beautiful Columbus Public Library to learn about the most visited place in Georgia, and the controversy that surrounds it. Monument: The Untold Story of Stone Mountain, a new documentary film from the Atlanta History Center, explores the history of Stone Mountain to add context to the Confederate Memorial Monument that people might not be aware of. The release of Monument aligned with the airing of the Iconic America episode featuring Stone Mountain. Both films dive into the history and relevance of Stone Mountain, and gave GPB an opportunity to explore this important topic with the community.
To add context and insight, we were joined by panelists Sheffield Hale, Claire Haley and Kristian Weatherspoon from the Atlanta History Center. Sheffield was featured in the Stone Mountain episode of Iconic America, as well as Monument. The panelists took attendees further into the timeline of the monument's construction, as well as offered some interesting perspective on the making of the film and what the future might hold for Georgia's most visited State Park.
More about Iconic America:
David Rubenstein examines the history of America through some of its most iconic symbols, objects and places, in conversation with historical thinkers, community members and other experts. Together, they dive deep into each symbol’s history, using them as a gateway to understanding America’s past and present.