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Silent Sam Monument


Chancellor Carol Folt attends the UNC football game against Virginina Tech on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 in Kenan Memorial Stadium. Folt announced that she will be stepping down from her position as chancellor in an email sent to the University community on Monday, Jan. 14, 2018.

Chancellor Folt issues apology for University's involvement in slavery

On its 225th birthday, UNC-Chapel Hill’s administrators, faculty, staff and students pledged to look back on its checkered history to help UNC adapt to a modern age. In a year where debates surrounding Silent Sam have taken precedence in campus discourse, many University Day speakers emphasized the need to carry the lessons of UNC’s past into its future.

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Contributed by North Carolina Postcards Collection, North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

'A lesson for the living': The group behind Silent Sam and its historical relationship to UNC

The United Daughters of the Confederacy and UNC's collaboration led to Silent Sam's construction in the 1910s. The University and the UDC still have a relationship, as highlighted by private meetings between the two concerning the Silent Sam monument within the past year.  The UDC carries a low profile today, instructing its members to never speak with media, according to its 2015 Confederate Courier newsletter. But it has not been quiet in its defense of Silent Sam. 

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Student Body President Savannah Putnam attends a special meeting of the Board of Trustees the morning of Aug. 28 at Paul J. Rizzo Conference Center.

SBP Savannah Putnam's 'Catch-22': Power dynamics in the BOT

When the Board of Trustees huddled in closed session earlier this month, awaiting instruction on how to proceed on the delicate Confederate monument issue, Savannah Putnam met with them.  As the SBP, her job is to act as a liaison between the students and administration. Yet despite her status as a voting ex-officio member of the BOT, she was asked to leave a conversation which took place before the official special meeting dates of both the BOT and BOG.

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