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Confederate group denied permit for event at Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Park, which has the largest Confederate monument ever created, has centuries-old ties to the Ku Klux Klan

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FILE - This June 23, 2015, file photo shows a carving depicting Confederate Civil War figures Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, in Stone Mountain, Ga. The sculpture is America's largest Confederate memorial. The suburban Atlanta park that's home to the massive carving of Confederate leaders says it will close its gates Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in the face of a planned right-wing rally. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

The Stone Mountain Memorial Association denied a permit to the Sons of Confederate Veterans for an event due to safety concerns. 

The group was looking to host their annual Confederate Memorial Day service, ABC News reported.  

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Stone Mountain Memorial Association CEO Bill Stephens denied the permit for safety concerns related to the pandemic and racial tensions. 

“With the volatile nature of events of the immediate past and ongoing today, there is a clear and present danger to members of the (Sons of Confederate Veterans), potential counterprotesters, park employees and guests,” he said.

Stone Mountain Park, which has the largest Confederate monument ever created, has centuries-old ties to the Ku Klux Klan, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The Sons of the Confederate Veterans has held the event at least 18 times before this denial.

Martin O’Toole, a spokesperson for the Georgia division of the group, said he doesn’t understand the safety concern connected to racial tensions. 

“This is a memorial service that is part of the whole purpose for the park’s existence,” he said.

In August, the park denied a permit to another Confederate group, who planned an event in response to a march by a Black militia group.