Dozens attend Huntsville Confederate monument protest and rally

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Several dozen people came out for two separate Confederate monument demonstrations in downtown Huntsville Saturday afternoon.

One side believed the Confederate monument in front of the Madison County Courthouse should stay as they feel it represents history. The other group believes it's a symbol of racism and should be taken down.

Huntsville Police officers were on the ground and on top of the Madison County Courthouse monitoring the rally and protest. Buses divided the two sides in hopes of keeping the peace.

The Dixie Rally organizers said they were simply there to fight for heritage. "This monument represents those people that fought in that war on both sides. We see this is a Confederate statue, but it's actually statue in dedication to all that fought," Rally Attendee Michael Gooch explained.

But not everyone agrees with the Gooch. Several people want it removed. "It`s really a symbol for the Confederacy and I understand why they would want to defend that, but the Confederacy fought for you know racism," Protestor Maren Hereford said.