Protesters dissatisfied with little response from leaders on Silent Sam

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Friday, July 27, 2018

CHAPEL HLL, NC (WTVD) -- A group of Chapel Hill students, alumni, and residents left a university Board of Governors meeting disappointed and frustrated.

The public was given an opportunity to have their voices heard, in front of a full board, about the controversial Confederate statue, Silent Sam, on UNC-Chapel Hill's campus.

About a dozen people signed up to speak out against the statue. The board members said based on policy, they were there simply there to listen and would not be responding to their comments.

Chairman Harry Smith met with some of the speakers at the end of the public comment period. He told them he appreciated their attendance and wants to have a conversation.

Speakers said he promised no action.

The statue, of a Confederate soldier, has been a source of controversy for decades.

It was erected in 1913 with funds from alumni and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.