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Georgia Park With Confederate Sculpture Shuts Gates To Rally
A suburban Atlanta park that's home to a massive carving of Confederate leaders says it will close its gates Saturday in the face of a planned right-wing rally.
The event at Stone Mountain Park has sparked fears of violence, especially before an all-Black militia said earlier this week that it would cancel plans to show up. Other groups were still planning to counterprotest.
Pro-Confederate, white supremacist and other right-wing groups had planned their event in response to a march by the Black militia group on July 4. Last year, the park also closed down rather than allow a rally organized by white supremacists to go forward.