Chapel Hill mayor Pam Hemminger sent a letter to Chancellor Carol Folt asking UNC to take down Silent Sam — a monument to Confederate soldiers on UNC's campus.
Hemminger made the letter public on the Town of Chapel Hill's website Friday evening.
"I am writing to request that UNC petition the North Carolina Historical Commission to have the statue of Silent Sam removed immediately from its current location on campus and placed in storage," Hemminger wrote.
While student organizations have called for Silent Sam to be removed for years, Hemminger joins many other voices calling for the statue to be removed from a place of prominence on UNC's campus following violence in Charlottesville last weekend.
"We have received the letter and will continue to to work with the town to do everything possible to protect the safety of our campus and the community," Joanne Peters Denny, director of media relations for UNC, said in a text message.