CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WTVD) -- The University of North Carolina System announced Wednesday afternoon that an agreement has been reached for the disposition of the Silent Sam statue that once stood for decades on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.
Under the terms of a consent judgment entered by a judge Wednesday morning in a lawsuit brought by the North Carolina Division Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. (SCV), the Confederate statue will be turned over to the SCV.
"The safety and security concerns expressed by students, faculty and staff are genuine, and we believe this consent judgment not only addresses those concerns but does what is best for the university, and the university community in full compliance with North Carolina law," said Jim Holmes, member of the UNC Board of Governors.
The court-approved resolution of the case means:
"We have been involved in ongoing negotiations and collaboration to achieve this outcome and we believe it is a fair result," said R. Kevin Stone, Commander of the NCSCV in a statement.
The SCV sued the University of North Carolina System and the Board of Governors concerning the disposition of the monument.
"This resolution allows the University to move forward and focus on its core mission of educating students," UNC Board of Governors Chair Randy Ramsey said.
On Aug. 20, 2018, student protesters toppled Silent Sam, knocking the statue to the ground, kicking it and tossing dirt on top of it.
The Confederate statue was built in 1913 and dedicated to the UNC students and faculty who left school to fight in the Civil War for the Confederacy.