NAACP wants Confederate symbols taken off Georgia property

AP News
Posted: Jul 14, 2015 3:37 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — The president of the Atlanta NAACP wants Confederate symbols removed from all government-owned property, including a giant bas-relief sculpture of three Confederate leaders at Stone Mountain Park.

Richard Rose said Tuesday that cities, counties and the state shouldn't promote the Confederacy.

Since last month's massacre of nine people at a black church in South Carolina, calls to eliminate Confederate symbols have prompted changes in several states.

John Bankhead is a spokesman for the state authority that oversees Stone Mountain. He says any changes, including to the massive stone carving, would require legislators' approval. Bankhead says though Stone Mountain Park is state property, it receives no state money and operates through entrance fees and other park income.

Rose says the Atlanta NAACP will seek changes during the next legislative session.