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Rallies Held In Jacksonville, Lake City Supporting 'Southern Heritage'

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Dozens gathered on the Westside Sunday, waving their confederate flags. Organizers called it the "Southern Heritage Rally." 

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The photo (pictured right) from the event on the Westside was sent to News4Jax by a viewer around 3:00 p.m. It's unclear how long the group was rallying.

Another photo (pictured above) was sent to News4JAX of a similar rally in Lake City. These rallies follow weeks of protests over removing the Confederate flag from official buildings. Those protests began after nine people were shot and killed at a black church in South Carolina.

Defenders of the Confederate flag say it's a symbol of southern heritage, but others maintain it's a constant reminder of racism and slavery.