How Mount Rushmore Became Mount Rushmore
The South Dakota landmark has drawn criticism over the land it occupies, the main sculptor behind it and the legacies of the men it memorializes.
The New York Times
Mount Rushmore was built on land that belonged to the Lakota tribe and sculpted by a man who had strong bonds with the Ku Klux Klan. It features the faces of 2 U.S. presidents who were slaveholders.
“Prospectors seized the land during a gold rush in the 1870s, violating the Fort Laramie treaty of 1868, which recognized the Black Hills as belonging to Native Americans”
NYT National News
Before he was recruited to create Mount Rushmore, the sculptor Gutzon Borglum had been involved with another project: an enormous bas-relief at Stone Mountain in Georgia that memorialized Confederate leaders
I would hesitate to put money on the decade long survival of Mount Rushmore. It's clear that some elites and activists are fanning the flames of an already explosive spirit of iconoclasm and revisionism.