C. Helen Plane, the honorary life president of the Georgia division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy wrote;
“Since seeing this wonderful and beautiful picture of Reconstruction in the South, I feel that it is due to the Ku Klux Klan which saved us from Negro domination and carpet-bag rule, that it be immortalized on Stone Mountain,”
After the Civil War, Ku Klux Klan membership had started to decline. Then came the silent film in 1917, ‘The Birth of a Nation”–a film that was wildly popular among Southern whites.
The movie served as a “recruitment” film for the Klan. Inspired by the film, KKK membership exploded!
“The second iteration of the Ku Klux Klan had been born in a fiery ceremony atop Stone Mountain…”
Read more about Georgia’s “great” monument to KKK and the Confederacy at the link below.