Bill Stephens, the chief executive officer of Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park, said in a statement last week that Confederate flags at the memorial cannot be taken down because state law does not allow their removal. They will continue to fly.
Flag Terrace at the memorial park is home to several versions of the Confederate flag and all were donated by the United Daughters of the Confederacy back in 1964. Memorials are protected under Georgia law which means they cannot be removed or relocated.
Previously, the park was discussing removing the flags because of some public pressure following the tragedy in Charleston.
Anticipation is looming over the fact that several lawmakers are expected to propose legislation to remove the flag during the next legislative session in January 2016.