Confederate Silent Sam Under Attack!
SILENT SAM A MONUMENT TO CONFEDERATE VALUES, RACISM
UNC junior Alice Broadhead claims:
That Silent Sam, the University's Confederate monument,is a symbol of white supremacy. We might as well fly a Confederate flag.
We cannot conscientiously continue to welcome Silent Sam and thereby condone what he represents. I cannot believe that Carolina wishes to continue to memorialize white supremacy, but if Sam stays, that is exactly what we will be doing."
Erected in 1913, in remembrance of “the sons of the University who died for their beloved Southland 1861-1865,” Silent Sam stands on UNC's McCorkle place, the University's upper quad, facing Franklin Street. He was given to the University by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1909. More than 1000 University men fought in the Civil War. At least 40% of the students enlisted, a record not equaled by any other institution, North or South. Sam is silent because he carries no ammunition and cannot fire his gun.
You can respond to Broadhead directly at 201 Teague, UNC Residence Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, by telephone at (919) 914-2854 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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