Rev. Mosely, a community advocate and pastor from Athens was sworn in as the new chairman of the Stone Mountain Memorial Association’s Board of Directors. He is the first Black man to hold the position in the state authority’s 60-year history.
Mosely told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he will take a measured approach and will do all he can to “move the ball forward.”
The park celebrates the Confederacy. In addition to the giant carvings of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Stonewall Jackson, the park is home to streets and buildings that pay tribute to the group.
Mosely told WSB-TV in Atlanta he expects the position to be a challenging process.
Many have called for the monument to be sandblasted and destroyed, however, the DeKalb County NAACP said in 2018 that it did not advocate for sandblasting the mine because it would cost too much. Instead, the organization asked for the park to cease all references to Stone Mountain Park as a memorial to the Confederacy; modify the historic square, so that it does not refer to a plantation; remove all antebellum references and symbols at the park and change the names of all the streets named for Confederates.