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Thursday May 6th

Silent Sam Monument


Chapel Hill Town Manager Maurice Jones hopes to maintain good communication between Chapel Hill, the university, and the surrounding towns. His primary focus is affordable housing and transportation. Jones was appointed as town manager on July 10, 2018 and began to work on Aug. 20, 2018.

Chapel Hill's Town Manager tells us about leaving Charlottesville & recent protests

Maurice Jones was appointed as Chapel Hill's newest town manager in July 2017 and began in August. Prior to joining the Town of Chapel Hill staff, he was the town manager of Charlottesville, Va., notably during the protests of August 2017.  The Daily Tar Heel sat down with him on Monday for the first time to talk to him about his transition and goals for the town.

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 A UNC student speaks to a crowd on Franklin Street in front of the UNC-system president’s house to speak on behalf of the removal of Silent Sam in August 2017. 

Silent Sam may be gone, but it continues to weigh on the minds of students of color

“I think I could never forget it, regardless (of whether) I was a Black student,” UNC junior Sydney Adams said. “I don’t know if it’s something I can feel resolved about ever, especially because I don’t think the solution here is going to be to my benefit at all.” In the minds of UNC students of color, Silent Sam has remained a permanent presence. So much so, that for some it's been difficult to focus on their academics and extracurricular activities.

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