Stone Mountain, adorned with a huge carving depicting Confederate heroes, is classified as a Confederate memorial by state statute. KENT D. JOHNSON/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A Gwinnett County high school is moving its prom from Stone Mountain Park, citing concerns about a “pro-white” rally scheduled there earlier the same day.
Peachtree Ridge High School announced Wednesday it has moved its prom from the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Resort in Stone Mountain Park to the Westin Buckhead Atlanta, school district officials said. The prom will be on the same date and time, Saturday, April 23, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Evergreen Marriott released the school from its contract, officials said.
Gwinnett school district spokeswoman Sloan Roach said some parents were worried about student safety upon learning a “pro-white” group, Rock Stone Mountain, planned a rally at the park the same day. Two other groups announced plans to protest the Rock Stone Mountain rally.
The school’s principal alerted parents earlier this month about the rally and said Peachtree Ridge was working with park authorities to ensure students would be safe at the prom.
Several groups have had rallies at the park in recent months after officials announced plans last year to create a monument there to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.