- Associated Press - Sunday, July 19, 2015

GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) - Petitions are circulating in Alamance County to keep the statue of a Confederate soldier on the grounds of the county courthouse in Graham.

Local media outlets report about 1,500 people, many carrying Confederate flags, rallied at the courthouse Saturday to oppose calls to remove the monument that has stood for 101 years.

Organizers say they have more than 6,500 signatures both online and on paper calling for the monument to remain and petitions were being circulated during the rally held in 90-degree heat.

Michael Graves, the president of Concerned Citizens of Alamance County, says the monument should be removed because it is a symbol of slavery.

He plans to ask the county commissioners in the coming weeks to have it removed which is what sparked the rally by monument supporters.

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