The Carving, from the Invisible Empire series
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The dark history of Stone Mountain stands in stark contrast to its natural beauty. In 1915, members of the Ku Klux Klan reestablished the noted hate group atop the mountain. A few years later in 1923, construction began of a bas-relief monument depicting three prominent Confederates as a memorial to the Lost Cause of the Confederacy. The monument was completed in 1972 and is now surrounded by hiking trails and a theme park. It continues to be a profoundly controversial symbol.