The Confederate Memorial Carving on the face of Stone Mountain in Georgia depicts three Southern heroes of the Civil War.
They are Confederate Presidents:
General Robert E. Lee
Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.
- 1909: The idea for this memorial carving began over a hundred years ago.
- 1915 : Gutzon Borglum‘s vision of the carving featured 7 central figures, the 3 men of the completed carving and 4 others.
- 1923: The work is delayed.
- 1925: Borglum’s contract is cancelled and his work is blasted from the face of the mountain by 1928.
- 1935: Augustus Lukeman took over, but died with his work not completed.
- *1963: The project resumes with Walker Hancock selected to complete the carving .
- 1969: The final plans for the completion of the carving and the memorial area is announced.
- 1970: The giant carving is finally dedicated with the finishing touches and scaffolding coming down in 1972.
- 1977: Two bronze statues designed by Hancock, named Sacrifice & Valor, were installed by the reflection pool underneath the face of the carving on Stone Mountain.
“In 1963, based upon recommendations by the Advisory Committee, the Stone Mountain Memorial Association chose Walker Kirkland Hancock of Gloucester, Massachusetts to complete the carving. Work resumed in 1964, and a new technique utilizing thermo-jet torches was used to carve away the granite. Chief carver Roy Faulkner, a marine veteran with a talent for using the new thermo-jet torch, was able to remove tons of stone in one day. For over eight years Park guests could see and hear the workmen and their jet torches”.
Images taken inside Stone Mountain Park’s Memorial Hall where you will find a museum and an “exhibit” telling the history of the carving.
Below is a recent photo that I took of what the carving on the face of Stone Mountain looks like today.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, March 16, 2013