The issue came to a head last summer in Charlottesville, Va., when a woman was killed after a white nationalist allegedly drove his car into a crowd of counter-protestors during a demonstration to protect a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from being dismantled.
The carvings have come up in the Georgia governor's race. Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee, has also called for the removal of the carvings. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who are competing in a runoff to become the Republican nominee for governor, have both said they would fight any attempt to get rid of them. Other leaders have advocated a different approach. DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond, who serves on the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, has backed making changes to the park to add context to its Confederate symbolism.