12/14/2019 3:55pm

Kevin Stone, commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans' North Carolina chapter, poses next to Silent Sam after suing and immediately settling with the UNC System and Board of Governors, a deal that gave the group possession of the Confederate monument and $2.5 million in UNC System money for its "preservation and benefit." Photo courtesy of SCV members. 

Sons of Confederate Veterans members oppose $2.5 million Silent Sam reward

Multiple current member of the North Carolina Division Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc. spoke to The Daily Tar Heel in the aftermath of the Confederate group's secretive settlement with the UNC System, which accrued it ownership of Silent Sam and $2.5 million in UNC System money. The members expressed desires to squash the deal and give the money back. They alleged financial impropriety and extortion among SCV leadership, referenced intermingling with gangs and hate groups, and described threats and slurs that have been issued toward members who raise questions. 

12/3/2019 3:00pm

Confederate heritage supporters rallied in McCorkle Place to defend the statue of Silent Sam in 2015. Confederacy-related controversy has plagued UNC since, the latest of which came last week when the UNC System and Board of Governors settled a lawsuit with the Sons of Confederate Veterans under controversial circumstances.

'Victory': Confederates tout backdoor dealings of $2.5 million Silent Sam settlement

In an email recently leaked by one of its recipients, Kevin Stone, leader of the N.C. Division Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc., detailed secret negotiations with UNC Board of Governors members that led to a "major strategic victory" for the pro-Confederate movement. Stone sent the email on the same day that the group filed and immediately settled a lawsuit against the UNC system and the board. That settlement won the Confederate group legal ownership of Silent Sam and $2.5 million in UNC system money, some of which may go towards a new headquarters for the group.

12/1/2019 10:25pm

Silent Sam blindfolded by a Confederate flag in 2015. The statue was recently given to Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Questions surround UNC's surprise Silent Sam settlement with Confederate group

UNC has given the Silent Sam statue to the Sons of Confederate Veterans and established a $2.5 million trust fund for it, but many questions surrounding the secretive decision remain unanswered. When the UNC System announced the settlement agreement on Wednesday, many wondered how the decision came to be and where the money for the trust would come from. 

11/27/2019 6:51pm

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‘It’s a disgrace’: UNC will give Silent Sam to Sons of Confederate Veterans after suit

The UNC System Board of Governors postponed its decision on Silent Sam multiple times after the monument's toppling in August. On Wednesday, it announced a settlement agreement with the North Carolina Division Sons of Confederate Veterans that follows the group's suit against the UNC System and BOG.  Under the settlement agreement, Silent Sam will be returned to the group — not to be erected in the 14 counties with UNC System schools — and UNC will set up a charitable trust of $2.5 million for the care and preservation of the monument, including a possible building to house it.   

9/22/2019 10:46pm


Some worry Reckoning program doesn't measure up to peer institutions

“I can't pinpoint why some other universities have gotten ahead of this issue more than UNC,” Hinson said. “But UNC has been actively resisting it.” Many Southern universities are trying to reckon with their histories of race and slavery. This year, UNC introduced the Commission on History, Race and Reckoning and several classes meant to educate on UNC's past of slavery and racial injustices. However, some UNC professors said the University does not hold up to other peer institutions' programs regarding the same topics.