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UNC Chancellor Orders Removal of “Silent Sam” Pedestal as She Announces Resignation

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The remains of the “Silent Sam” Confederate statue have been removed from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a step approved by the university’s chancellor in a Monday statement that also announced her plans to resign at the end of the semester.

The statue, which honors “sons of the university who died for their beloved Southland” during the Civil War, has served as a flashpoint at the Southern university, where students demanding its removal clashed with white supremacists defending the statue and provoked the ire of more mainstream politicians who enshrined protection for the statue—and all confederate monuments—in state law. While the statue’s base and commemorative plaques have remained in place, the statue itself has been removed from public view since being toppled by protesters in August, as school officials debated its future. In early December, the university had announced a plan to erect a $5.3 million “history and education center” to house the statue, but the proposal drew further protests and was rejected by the university’s board of governors out of safety and financial concerns.........

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