WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A North Carolina city council is being urged to remove the word "Dixie" from the name of its annual fair.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports several speakers told the Winston-Salem City Council that the word is offensive because of its association with slavery in the South and want the name of the Dixie Classic Fair changed.

Bishop Sir Walter Mack Jr., a local pastor, said during the meeting Tuesday that in 1988 he did research on the name "Dixie," and has not been to the fair since. Another speaker, Rob Alexander, said the fair should have a name that looks forward and not back.

RELATED: Should 'Dixie' Be Removed from Winston-Salem's Dixie Classic Fair

Mayor Allen Joines suggested keeping the word "Classic" in the name to maintain the brand.    

Last month, Winston-Salem removed a Confederate statue from downtown.

RELATED: "Dixie Classic Fair" Debate: Fact Vs. Fiction

OTHER RELATED STORIES 

RELATED: 'I haven't Seen Any Evidence of Anything Being Stirred Up Because Of It': President of United Daughters of the Confederacy

RELATED: Judge Denies Emergency Plea To Stop Removal Of Confederate Monument in Winston-Salem

RELATED: Landowner Wants Winston-Salem Confederate Statue Removed

RELATED: Daughters of the Confederacy Fire Back At Winston-Salem Leaders, Calls Order 'Dishonorable'

RELATED: 'Remove and Relocate': Winston-Salem City Attorney Orders Daughters of Confederacy to Remove Confederate Statue