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Georgia candidate Abrams called for removal of Confederate memorial, did not say sandblast

October 19, 2018 GMT

CLAIM: Georgia nominee for governor Stacey Abrams wants to sandblast the face of Stone Mountain. (photo)

AP’S ASSESSMENT: Mixed. Abrams called for the removal of the Confederate memorial in Georgia in 2017, but never used the word sandblasting, according to a report by The Associated Press. 

THE FACTS: Abrams came under fire last year for saying the monument should be taken down. The monument is carved into a mountainside near Atlanta and features three Southern Civil War leaders, Jefferson Davis and Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. 

In August 2017, Abrams tweeted that the monument is “a blight on our state and should be removed.” 

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Abrams was asked again about the monument while campaigning this past August. Abrams, who would be the first black woman elected governor of a U.S. state if she wins in November, said the monument was used to “terrify African-Americans.” 

“I never once said sandblast, but I did say that we should do something about the fact that we have this massive monument to domestic terrorism without context and without information,” Abrams said.

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