The Carving, from the Invisible Empire series
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Sheila Pree Bright, American, born 1967
Gelatin silver print
30 x 45 inches
Commissioned with funds from the Forward Arts Foundation
© Sheila Pree Bright.
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.