Plan to honor Martin Luther King Jr. atop Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Park
Posted at 4:41 PM, Oct 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-13 07:53:32-04

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - Georgia officials are planning to erect a monument to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the summit of Stone Mountain Park.

Park officials told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday that an elevated tower -featuring a replica of the Liberty Bell - would celebrate the single line in the civil rights martyr's 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech that makes reference to the 825-foot-tall hunk of granite: "Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia."

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed off on the plans for the state park, but permission of King's heirs will also be required because the speech is copyrighted.

The park is home to the "Confederate Memorial Carving," a relief featuring Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee and General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.