The removal of confederate monuments throughout the south, and especially in North Carolina, has been politically and culturally divisive.
HPTA members have been actively involved in the movement to remove confederate monuments from public spaces in NC, namely Silent Sam on UNC’s campus. While efforts to remove this confederate statue have existed for decades, the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, VA was a reminder of the violence people are willing to use to protect emblems of the confederacy.
Members of our group have engaged in extensive historical research to understand the context in which confederate monuments were erected throughout the South. This inquiry has led to the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) and their North Carolina division. Read more about our interactions with the UDC.
At UNC-Chapel Hill, Silent Sam looms large over McCorkle Place. After a rally at the beginning of the Fall semester, students engaged in a 24/7 sit-in, which has since transformed into daily protests at the statue rather than a round-the-clock occupation.
Multiple university departments and faculty have publicly called for the removal of Silent Sam in addition to the student movement, yet the UNC administration claims they have no power to remove the monument.
Below is a series of articles/videos that chronicle recent events at Silent Sam:
Administrative woes over Silent Sam
- Emails reveal UNC leaders’ angst over Confederate statue, November 29, 2017
- Chancellor says Silent Sam is draining ‘energy and goodwill’ on UNC campus
The UNC Board of Trustees convenes a special meeting to hear concerns about Silent Sam and the use of an undercover officer to infiltrate student protesters
- ‘It’s a distraction and it’s uncomfortable.’ Speakers urge UNC to remove Silent Sam, November 15, 2017
- Silent Sam critics and supporters address UNC trustees, November 15, 2017
UNC responds to criticism over placing an undercover campus officer at Silent Sam
- UNC Officials Explain Why an Officer Was Sent Undercover to Monitor Silent Sam Protests, November 9, 2017
UNC students learn an undercover campus officer was posing as a protester at Silent Sam.
- UNC Police officer went undercover to gather information on “Silent Sam” protests
- UNC student activists: Campus police ran sting operation in Silent Sam protests, November 3, 2017
- UNC cop posed as mechanic to infiltrate Silent Sam protesters, group says, November 7, 2017
Students boycott UNC campus stores and restaurants