Documents show UNC paid $75K to keep Confederate group off campus

Monday, December 16, 2019
Documents reveal new details of wrangling over Silent Sam
Documents reveal new details of wrangling over Silent Sam

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WTVD) -- The I-Team uncovered new details on that controversial plan at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to give the Silent Sam Confederate monument to the Sons of Confederate Veterans and pay the Confederate heritage group to take care of the statue.

On Monday evening, documents obtained by ABC11 showed an additional $75,000 from UNC to the SCV.

The UNC System Board of Governors turned over hundreds of pages of documents to the I-Team on Monday evening, detailing a chronology of events since demonstrators used ropes to pull down the campus statue in August 2018.

The records show negotiations with the Confederate group started moving quickly last month with UNC agreeing to establish a $2.5 million charitable trust that the SCV could use strictly to preserve Silent Sam at an off-campus site as long it was not in any of the 14 counties with a UNC System school.

UNC also agreed to pay the Confederate group $75,000 in exchange for an agreement limiting the SCV's ability to display any flags or banners or sponsor any events on any UNC campus for five years.

The records from UNC also include a letter of apology to the Board of Governors from Sons of Confederate Veterans commander Kevin Stone.

Stone expressed regret for comments made by some of his members that implied his group would not seriously comply with the terms of the deal.

Last week, a New York-based not-for-profit foundation withdrew a $1.5 million grant intended for the UNC in light of the financial deal between leaders of the university system and the SCV.

Also last week, a national civil rights group moved forward with legal action seeking to undo the settlement that would provide funds to the Confederate group to preserve the statue.