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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — More than 100 people participated in a rally defending the Confederate flag Saturday outside a Lexington grocery store.

The peaceful protest happened Saturday afternoon outside the Food Lion in Lexington, according to participants.

In Graham, about 1,500 rallied in support of a Confederate monument. Officers described that event as peaceful.

Controversy has surrounded the Confederate flag, especially after the deadly June 17 shooting at a historically black South Carolina church that killed nine.

The Confederate flag was recently removed from capitol grounds in South Carolina and Alabama.

The governors of Virginia and North Carolina have also declared that they would remove the flag from state license plates.

Meanwhile, several of the country’s top retailers — from Walmart to eBay and Amazon — have announced they would stop selling Confederate flag merchandise.