Deal appoints first black member of Stone Mountain board

[private]Gov. Nathan Deal has named DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond to the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, making Thurmond the first black member of the board that oversees the operation of the state-owned park.

Deal said he only recently became aware of the fact that the 10-member state board had no black members, even though it is responsible for a state park that includes the largest memorial anywhere to the Confederate army.

Thurmond, a former state labor commissioner and DeKalb County school superintendent, is also the author of a book on Georgia history, “Freedom: Georgia’s Antislavery Heritage, 1733-1865.”

As a member of the association, Thurmond will likely be involved in making some sensitive decisions about the future of the Stone Mountain carvings.

Other appointments announced Friday by the governor’s office –

Capitol Arts Standards Commission: State Rep. Calvin Smyre, (D-Columbus), a member of the Gerogia House for 43 years.

Board of Community Health: Russ Childers of Americus, a life and health insurance agent; Russell Crutchfield of Newnan, the chief of staff to the president of the University of West Georgia; and Kenneth Davis of Rome, the president of the Harbin Clinic.

Georgia Composite Medical Board: Thomas Harbin Jr. of Atlanta, a glaucomatologist and an author.

Parent Training Center Representative: Karen Addams of Lilburn, the vice president of innovation for Parent to Parent of Georgia.

State Rehabilitation Council: Ruby Kaspers of Macon, a certified rehabilitation counselor for the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency.

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