Stone Mountain Memorial Association selects designer for new exhibit on Confederate carving

(Emil Moffatt/WABE)

Stone Mountain, GA — The Stone Mountain Memorial Association (SMMA) has selected Warner Museums to create an exhibit for Stone Mountain Park, according to a press release. The board conducted a search for a credentialed and experienced museum exhibit designer and builder to develop an exhibit sharing the story of the development of the Confederate memorial carving on Stone Mountain.

The SMMA is the organization that oversees the management, public safety, and additional development within the 3,400 acres of Stone Mountain Park, as well as the preservation and protection of the Confederate Memorial, according to the press release.

“We received six really strong applications for this critical addition to our Stone Mountain Park,” said the Rev. Abraham Mosley, chairman of the SMMA. “To expand audiences and appreciation for all aspects of our 3,400-acre greenspace, we believe it is important to acknowledge the whole truth and to tell the complete story of the carving, which this park is best known for. After having seen their work up close, we have no doubt that the fine folks at Warner Museums can do that.”

Warner has designed and constructed traveling exhibits and museums including, the Montgomery Bus Station Freedom Riders Traveling Exhibit, 16th Street Baptist Church Museum in Birmingham, the Negro Southern League Museum and the Confederate War Memorial Museum of Alabama.

“We find the conflicted and complicated history of the Stone Mountain Park carving to be a story we are compelled to help tell more completely,” said Alan K. Sims, area president of Warner Museums/Method-1 Interiors. “Along with our partner, Method 1-Branded Interiors, we have substantial and relevant experience of building traveling and stationary exhibits from the Civil War, as well as the Civil Rights era.  We also focus on developing exhibits that are engaging, interactive and immersive, taking museum visitors into the history which we have been asked to illuminate.”

Bill Stephens, chief executive officer of the SMMA, said that as the board promised 18 months ago, enhancements and additions to the park are on the way.

“We will continue to fulfill our statutory mission of maintaining a Confederate Memorial within our park, but we will also offer greater contextualization and acknowledgement of the mythical aspects of the Lost Cause, in addition to expanding our collection of artifacts of these periods of history and the evolution and completion of the great carving,” Stephens said, according to the press release.

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