Charles Rudy (1904-1986) was a prize-winning sculptor and teacher from York, Pennsylvania. He was hired by Walker Hancock in 1965 to be his direct assistant. Hancock was too busy to make regular visits to Stone Mountain to supervise the carving. Rudy had time available and visited the carving site on a regular basis, nearly once per week, reporting his findings to Hancock. He worked on the project for about four years.