Dozens surrounded the Confederate Monument in downtown Augusta on Sunday as they called for its protection.

Over 50 supporters of the monument waived Confederate flags, sang “Dixie” and spoke out about the need to keep the monument where it stands.

Organizer Bert Brown said that for him, it’s about not letting people gloss over history.

“I just see all of these monuments being taken down across the states and … they’re trying to rewrite history. They’re trying to take that history away,” he said. “When I saw them protesting last weekend, I was like, ‘No, we got to do something.’”

According to USA TODAY, as of Tuesday, 38 Confederate monuments have been removed in less than three months since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. While there has been heated debate around the Augusta monument over the years, the issue was reignited after Floyd’s death.

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