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Two individuals arrested for March 31 vandalism

<p>The Unsung Founders Memorial, erected in 2005, is on McCorkle Place at UNC-Chapel Hill.</p>
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The Unsung Founders Memorial, erected in 2005, is on McCorkle Place at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Two individuals were arrested by UNC Police Monday morning for March 31 acts of vandalism to the Unsung Founders Memorial and a campus art installment, according to an email from UNC Police. 

Nancy McCorkle, 50, of Newberry, South Carolina, was arrested with one count of vandalism of the Unsung Founders Memorial and one count of ethnic intimidation. Ryan Barnett, 31, of Sanford, North Carolina was arrested with one count of vandalism to the Unsung Founders Memorial, one count of ethnic intimidation and one count of public urination.

Barnett was also arrested with one count of vandalism to an undisclosed outdoor art installment near Hanes Art Center.

McCorkle and Barnett were also issued a criminal summons for removing the UNC-system flag, valued at $585, on UNC's campus and raising a Confederate flag at the UNC System Building.

Both individuals also received warnings of trespass from UNC's campus and will go to trial in late April.

The University previously said that one individual was connected with the Heirs to the Confederacy. Although Lance Spivey, co-founder of the Heirs, said that the group did not approve the acts of vandalism and did not have information to suggest that members committed the vandalism, McCorkle joined Spivey and one other individual in hosting a 'Prayer Service' at Silent Sam Dec. 16.

Barnett is also a Confederate activist who has attended pro-monument rallies around the Triangle since early February, the Triad City Beat reported.

The University is also reviewing a March 16 incident, when a group, including members from the Heirs to the Confederacy, came on campus with weapons. Although no one was arrested at the time, Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said after the incident that individuals found with weapons in the future will be arrested and issued a warning of trespass.

Although it is still unknown what the vandalism contained, anti-Silent Sam activists Lindsay Ayling and Maya Little said on their Twitters that the graffiti contained their names, according to Little's lawyers.


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