Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Coins Helped to Fund Confederate Memorial-- Part 1

From the August 11, 2012, "Spotlight on History: Coin helps fund Confederate memorial" by David Hudgin. On the north side of Stone Mountain outside of Atlanta, Georgia, is a huge 90-foot by 190-foot carving of Confederate leaders Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. //// Work began on it in 1909. It was originally the idea of C. Helen Planc of the United Daughters of the Confederacy whose husband was killed in the war. It was her idea to honor Lee and the Confederacy. //// Gutzon Borglum was hired as the sculptor in 1915. He is more famous for his work at Mount Rushmore. Work started in 1923 after being delayed by World War I. Borglum was given $250,000 and three years to complete it. //// The head of Robert E. Lee was unveiled January 19, 1924, the anniversary of his birthday. //// A Mighty Big Memorial. --Old Secesh

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