Artist Mack Williams started a campaign to get Big Boi and André 3000 next to the three figures already on the monument. “By no means do we wish to erase or destroy the current carving, which, regardless of its context, is an impressive and historic work of art,” reads the petition. “We simply wish to add new carvings, of Atlanta hip-hop duo Outkast, to the mountainside. There's plenty of room."
Williams is more than halfway to his goal of 7,500 signatures. The three images featured on the monument are Confederate Civil War general Stonewall Jackson, Confederate soldier Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy. “I believe that Daddy Fat Sacks and Three Stacks should be carved riding in a Cadillac (as is their wont)," Williams writes in his petition. "This will help the new carving blend nicely with the Confederates who are on horseback. “
The ATLiens are “two of the greatest Georgians in the history” of the state, according to Williams. “It's about time the Empire State of the South paid proper tribute to them, while also improving a great monument and tourist attraction.”
Famously mentioned in Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech, Stone Mountain has a vexed history with race in America. The first steps to turn the rock formation into a Confederate memorial began in 1916. After changing owners over time, the state of Georgia purchased it in 1958 and the carving was completed in the 1970s.
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