Rallies held at Confederate statue in North Carolina city

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Dozens of supporters and protesters of a Confederate statue in a North Carolina city took opposite sides of a downtown street, as the monument's days at its current location could be numbered.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported about 50 people who want the century-old statue next to the old Forsyth County courthouse removed rallied Sunday afternoon. About 25 feet away, 40 people who want the statue to remain gathered at the monument for a prayer and flower-laying event.

The city of Winston-Salem has given the United Daughters of the Confederacy until Jan. 31 to move its statue or face legal action. The group has promised opposing removal efforts.

City officials say they're worried the statue is a safety concern because of recent topplings of Confederate statues in Durham and Chapel Hill.