For the last 109 years, Carrboro has borne the name of Julian Carr, a businessman, philanthropist and white supremacist who gave the dedication speech for Silent Sam.
Residents have questioned the town’s name multiple times due to its namesake — most recently in 2020.
Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils said that while names are important, there is other work for racial equity that the Town is working on that will have a more substantial impact on people's everyday lives.
In 2018, the Town formed the Truth Plaque Task Force, a group of residents that created a plaque to give context to the town's naming after Carr.
“We’re looking for these opportunities to tell a truthful history about the town,” Seils said.
The Town also recently founded the Racial Equity Commission, a group of residents appointed by the town council that aims to advise the council and help foster inclusivity and acceptance within the community.
Kenyatta Clark, a mother of six and one of seven current commission members, said it formed only last year, and she joined because she wanted to hold the Town accountable to its promises.
While Clark said promises made to Black residents in a 2020 proclamation to denounce Carrboro's history were meaningful at the time, she feels like her peers are still missing the point.
“I always go to what the promise of the foundation is, which is race and equity, right?" Clark said. "And until we always refocus there, they will always miss the mark."