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STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Plans are in the works to erect a monument to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on top of Stone Mountain. 

It would be a replica of the liberty bell to be called the “Freedom Bell” and if everything is approved by the King estate, it would include the words “Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.”

The plans are certainly in the early stages.

The CEO of the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, Bill Stephens, said by phone there will be a formal announcement at some point

During the 1963 March on Washington there is a line from Dr. Kings’ March on Washington I have a dream speech aimed directly with his home state: “Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.”

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Under the plans in the works by the Stone Mountain Memorial Association those words would go on a replica of the liberty Bell.  

“I knew that something was coming, I was just hoping that something would include the flag coming down as well,” said Rep. LaDawn Jones, (D) Atlanta.

Jones said she met with Stone Mountain Memorial Association following her call last spring for a boycott of the park because it flies the confederate flag.

Her words sparked protests…. and counter-protests at the park over the summer.  But, the proposal for the Freedom Bell doesn’t address the flag issue… and adds another element.

“Dr. King was not a part of the civil war era, but I think including that is still showing progress,” said Jones. “It doesn’t have to be monument directly of Dr. King, but showing that liberty to starting to come to Georgia, I don’t think that’s a bad idea.”

But, the Sons of Confederate Veterans issued a statement blasted the proposal for the Freedom Bell and called it “akin to the state flying a Confederate battle flag atop the King Center in Atlanta against the wishes of King supporters.  Both would be altogether inappropriate and disrespectful acts, repugnant to Christian people.”

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