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Hundreds rally at Stone Mountain for Confederate flag


L.C. Thornton, a tall black man in a ball cap and sunglasses, trained his camera Saturday across a sea of waving Confederate flags attached to the beds of hundreds of pickup trucks and SUVs.

“Normally, I’m a birder. I take pictures of birds and wildlife,” said Thornton, a Stone Mountain resident and Vietnam veteran. “I just came up to see who would show up out here and how many people show up out here.”

A mostly white crowd from across Georgia and surrounding states spent most of Saturday in a parking lot at Stone Mountain Park, protesting what they believe is an attack on their Southern heritage. Police did not offer an estimate of the crowd size, but it appeared to be about 600 to 800 people. The rally drew groups like the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the neo-Confederate League of the South, but for the most part it was just individuals convinced they were under attack.

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