Silent Sam Statue Knocked Down By Protesters At UNC Chapel Hill
Protesters at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill knocked down the statue of Silent Sam on Monday night
Last night in North Carolina, a group of about 200 protestors rallied together at the Peace and Justice Plaza on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. The protesters proceeded to march to the base of the statue of Silent Sam and within two hours, they had knocked the statue down.
About Silent Sam
Unveiled in 1913, “Silent Sam” served as an image alluding to the welfare of the Anglo Saxon race. The statue was constructed to honor the lives of over 300 students and Confederate soldiers who died fighting in the Civil War. The statue was nicknamed “Silent Sam” because the sculptor, John Wilson, did not include a cartridge box on the Confederate soldier’s belt (which makes it impossible for him to fire his gun). The statue was positioned to face north towards the Union.
While many would agree that the statue needed to be taken down, the UNC Chancellor Folt made a statement acknowledging the divisiveness of the statue, but he also stated that vandalism and knocking down a statue was unlawful and dangerous.
One protester told The New York Times that protestors were handing out bandanas with the words “Sam Must Fall” printed on them. Jasmin Howard, an alumnus of UNC-Chapel Hill commented saying, “It was all smiles and joy and dancing and jubilation, to be honest. It was really a joyous moment.”
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