Confederate flag rally at Stone Mountain: ‘They will not erase our history.’

Hundreds of people had arrived at the Confederate flag rally at Stone Mountain Park by 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2015. DANIEL FUNKE / DANIEL.FUNKE@COXINC.COM

Hundreds of people had arrived at the Confederate flag rally at Stone Mountain Park by 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2015. DANIEL FUNKE / DANIEL.FUNKE@COXINC.COM

John Gibbs and James Howard sat perched atop the roof of the pickup truck that carried them from Meriwether County to Stone Mountain Park Saturday morning. The Army of Northern Virginia battle flag – recognized more as the Confederate flag – stood in the bed of the truck. As they waited for the flag rally to start, the lifelong friends talked about what brought them to the park.

“It’s our heritage. It’s not hate. Not at all,” said Gibbs, 17.

The 20-year-old Howard was a bit more strident.

“They will not erase our history,” he said.

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