DURHAM Hundreds of protesters marched against the Ku Klux Klan in front of the old Durham County Courthouse on Main Street on Friday.
"This is a victory that we will claim today," said Serena Sebring, an organizer with Southerners on New Ground, a regional queer liberation organization.
Protesters gathered at the corner of South Mangum and East Main streets and marched around the block, ending up in front of the courthouse.
They yelled "not in our Durham," "I believe that we will win," "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist U.S.A." and other chants while marching and standing in front of the courthouse.
Counter-protest organizers said they received notice that Ku Klux Klan members and white supremacists planned to protest in front of the courthouse at noon.
SpiritHouse, a community organization aimed at spreading dialogue about Black community issues, tweeted, "KKK MARCHING THROUGH DOWNTOWN DURHAM (they have been spotted they are armed and on their way). MAKE CHOICES THAT ARE BEST FOR YOU STAY SAFE" on Friday morning.
The Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews encouraged people to rely on verified information.