On Saturday, confederate protestors and counter-protestors rallied on opposite sides of the street outside of Chatham County Historical Courthouse.
The protest revolved around a recent decision made by Chatham County commissioners to remove the confederate statue that currently stands in front of the courthouse.
The group protesting this decision held signs and shouted chants like, “Save the monument. Remove the commissioners,” to people driving past the organization.
According to a leaked message, the scheduled rally was to only be discussed and shared with others via text or Facebook Messenger.
Pittsboro resident Scott Gilmore showed up to protest the commissioner’s decision. Unlike the counter-protesters, he said he does not believe the statue sends a hateful message.
“That's a statue of a man who fought in the confederacy — who believes in loyalty, respect, integrity, honor, above all, on which protecting my own land, my own life and my family,” Gilmore said.
Counter-protesters, holding signs with slogans praising the commissioners, outnumbered the rally across the street. Stephanie Perry is a member of, Chatham, Stand Up, which organized the counter-protest.