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.
BREAKING: @UNC_System responds to @ABC11_WTVD Public Records request, releases 23 fresh files of communcations/memos/minutes related to #SilentSam & settlement with @SonsOfConfed. Will get moving on this as fast as possible! #abc11 #mondaynewsdump pic.twitter.com/xI46nuacBT— Jonah Kaplan (@KaplanABC11) December 16, 2019
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.
Two days later, on Nov 21, docs show @UNC_System enters initial agreement w/@SonsOfConfed during pending litigation: $75K in exchange for #SCV keeping off UNC properties for 5 years, incl. any display of #confederate flags/banners. #SilentSam @ABC11_WTVD pic.twitter.com/XqXw8Cd6PV— Jonah Kaplan (@KaplanABC11) December 16, 2019
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 doc provided to @ABC11_WTVD is Dec 14 letter from @SonsOfConfed to @UNC_System. Group agrees #SilentSam shouldn’t be back on campus, but cites “outside agitators and mobs” as main reason. SCV also apologizes for “puffing & strutting” about #SilentSam agreement. @ABC11_WTVD pic.twitter.com/BtIUKa752v— Jonah Kaplan (@KaplanABC11) December 16, 2019
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.