5. The sculptor had Klan connections.
Gutzon Borglum, who was nearly 60 when he started work on the mountain in 1927, had spent the previous years among the Ku Klux Klan leaders of Georgia. Borglum had devoted years to a Confederate commemorative carving there at Stone Mountain, which was financed in part by the Klan. (His work was later destroyed and replaced by another work.) And Borglum had California connections, too. After his death in 1941 (the same year the sculpture was completed), he was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale.