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Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis & Stonewall Jackson
Date Issued: 1970-09-19
Postage Value: 6 cents

Commemorative issue
Stone Mountain Memorial dedication
Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis & Stonewall Jackson

Gutzon Borglum started two major works of sculpture he did not finish: Mount Rushmore and the Stone Mountain Memorial. The latter was finished by Walter Kirkland Hancock and features the massive equestrian figures of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. Proposed by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1915, the original concept was only for Gen. Lee. Borglum proposed three figures on horseback and began the memorial. He had a disagreement with his sponsors and quit. Sculptor Augustus Lukeman worked on the project from 1923-1928. The owners of the mountain then reclaimed it and work stopped. Nothing was done until 1964, and the project was completed in 1970.

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