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This Day in Georgia History

January 29, 1955

Resolution to Take Land for Stone Mountain Park

Three years earlier, the General Assembly had authorized the purchase of Stone Mountain and adjoining land for development of a Confederate memorial and park. Since then, state officials had reached agreement with owners of three-fourths of the property needed for the park and memorial. However, owners of one-fourth of the land had refused to sell. So, on this day, Gov. Marvin Griffin signed a joint resolution of the General Assembly empowering him to take whatever steps were necessary – either through negotiation or condemnation – to obtain the remaining land.