BLM billboard erected next to Confederate flag

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A Black Lives Matter billboard is seen next to a Confederate flag in Pittsboro, N.C., Thursday, July 16, 2020. A group in North Carolina erected the billboard to counter the flag that stands along the road. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

NORTH CAROLINA (AP) – A group in North Carolina has erected a Black Lives Matter billboard to counter a Confederate flag that stands along a road in the state.

An official with a group that supported the project says the sign was unveiled in Pittsboro and funded by residents in the city. A GoFundMe page to raise money for the sign said the billboard was a way to show Confederate flags β€œdo NOT represent” Pittsboro.

Sam White had been leasing the billboard on his property to an outdoor advertising company. He says he told the company he didn’t want a Black Lives Matter sign on his property. He says he wants the sign down when the company’s lease expires at the end of August.Β 

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