Black soldiers' museum proposed at Georgia's Stone Mountain

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Posted: Nov 17, 2015 5:20 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — An official says a plan to build a museum focused on black Civil War soldiers at a Georgia park honoring Confederate history has taken priority over a proposed monument to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/1Qt19fe) reports the Stone Mountain Memorial Association's board voted Tuesday to explore the museum proposal. Association Chief Executive Bill Stephens says the board didn't discuss an earlier proposal for a "freedom bell" to the slain civil rights activist atop Stone Mountain, a towering granite dome east of Atlanta.

Civil rights groups and Confederate symbol supporters balked at placing a bell in tribute to King atop Stone Mountain. The dome's north face boasts a massive stone carving of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.