Protest held outside gathering of Confederate descendants

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina convention for the Sons of Confederate Veterans has drawn some protesters who object to the Confederate flag.

About 35 protesters peacefully held signs and recited slogans on Friday outside of the Rock Hill convention site, according to The Herald (http://bit.ly/2nPTbkM ). Organizers that include members of area NAACP branches say they plan to protest Saturday as well.

The site of the convention, York Technical College, announced that it was closing its main campus and on-campus classes Friday and Saturday because of the convention and protests.

Leland Summers is commander of the South Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He said the group agreed with York Tech's request to keep its flags inside the venue.

Summers expected the convention to draw more than 150 members of the group.