As UNC disputes continue, a few facts about Silent Sam

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The Silent Sam confederate monument lies on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.

In regards to the recent letter from 17 UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members and continuous protests urging the removal of the Silent Sam confederate statue, here are a few facts about the monument:

  • Erected in 1913
  • Located on the north side of UNC's campus facing Franklin Street. The old well is in its back drop.
  • The statue recognizes UNC alumni men who fought and died in the Civil War (more than 1,000 UNC Alumni participated)
  • The statue was given to UNC by the group Daughters of the Confederacy.
  • The statue is considered silent because it doesn't have ammunition and the gun cannot be fired.
  • The statute has been a controversial topic of discussion for years. The location used as a place to spark discussion on race relations. Some viewing Sam as a symbol of hate and division, others seeing it as a symbol of regional pride and historical heritage.

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