Who is Silent Sam?

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

Following the toppling of the Confederate statue on UNC's campus Monday evening, some of you are wondering, who is Silent Sam? Here are some facts about the statue:

  • Erected in 1913
  • Located on the north side of UNC's campus facing Franklin Street. The old well is in its backdrop.
  • 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 relief beneath the statue of the soldier depicts a woman -- representing the state of North Carolina -- exhorting a student to drop his books and join the cause.
  • The statue is considered silent because it doesn't have ammunition and the gun cannot be fired.
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