SILENT SAM MONUMENT


Tim Osborn, physics graduate student, was one of many community members to spend the night of Aug 24 at the monument.

Demonstrator safety threatened

A UNC football fan yelled “I will kill him. He will be done.” Three men threatened to bring their guns to campus. Two students found a tiki torch attached to a note with magazine letters cut out to say “see you soon” at the Old Well.  These are the threats Silent Sam protesters have faced.


Board of Trustees reviews state of UNC

The Board of Trustees met in full on Thursday, September 28, to discuss tension on campus, hear budget proposals and give the state of the University thus far. The meeting began remarks from the student body president and the chairperson, including a standing ovation for the existing provost and the introduction of the newly hired Bob Blouin. 


Police watch over a group of protestors near the Silent Sam statue during a demonstration on Thursday afternoon. 

Students explain legal push to remove Silent Sam

Citing Titles IV and VI of the Civil Rights Act, students and faculty from UNC signed onto a letter threatening a lawsuit if the University did not take down Silent Sam. The letter was sent by lawyer Hampton Dellinger to UNC Systems President Margaret Spellings and Chancellor Carol Folt. 


Police watch over a group of protestors near the Silent Sam statue during a demonstration on Thursday afternoon. 

Lawsuit threatened if Silent Sam is not removed

Representatives of UNC Student Organizations and a lawyer representing the UNC Black Law Students Association sent a letter to Chancellor Carol Folt, UNC President Margaret Spellings, the Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors saying they will sue the University if they do not act on Silent Sam. 


A noise demonstration was held outside South Building on Wednesday afternoon. Demonstrators used drums, pots, pans and noise makers to protest the Silent Sam statue on campus. 

Students continue to make noise about Silent Sam

“If we don’t get no justice, you don’t get no peace,” was the chant ringing out from a crowd of protesters gathered on the steps of the South Building early Wednesday afternoon. Carrying drums, pots, party favors, whistles and homemade shakers the protesters were part of the most recent effort to get the University to remove Silent Sam from its spot in McCorkle Place.


UNC System Body President Margaret Spellings speaks at February's annual Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce Meeting.

Chamber of Commerce calls for removal of Silent Sam

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce released a statement on Aug. 28 that supported the recent requests for the removal of UNC’s confederate soldier statue, Silent Sam, and apologized for their past support of segregation before the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964. 


Our front page of the Sept. 4 print edition of The Daily Tar Heel, in which we published all of the letters we received regarding Silent Sam.

The Community Issue: Staff, faculty and community members

For our Labor Day edition and in light of recent events on campus concerning Silent Sam, we've dedicated most of our print edition for Sept. 4 to publishing the many letters we've received concerning the Confederate monument.