SILENT SAM MONUMENT


10/15/2018 11:41pm

Maya Little reads her court statement across the street from where Silent Sam stood on Monday Oct. 15, after her court proceedings earlier in the day.

Silent Sam activists rally around Maya Little after verdict in Orange County court

Earlier in the day at the Orange County Courthouse, Little was found guilty of defacing a public statue or monument. She will not have to pay court costs or restitution. She had been charged with the misdemeanor after she poured red paint and her own blood on Silent Sam on April 30. Activists then gathered at the Peace and Justice Plaza at 7 p.m. for a "teach-in" on racism and social justice. 


10/14/2018 9:57pm

Chancellor Carol Folt attends the UNC football game against Virginina Tech on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 in Kenan Memorial Stadium.

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.


10/2/2018 11:41pm

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.