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It appears the saga of the “Silent Sam” Confederate memorial statue is coming to an end.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol L. Folt announced in a letter Monday that she has “authorized the removal of the base and commemorative plaques from the site” where Silent Sam had stood up until August.
Inside - Higher - Ed - Folt - Safety
As reported by Inside Higher Ed, Folt “emphasized safety” in her decision, noting “a continuing threat to personal safety, community well-being and the university’s ability to provide a stable educational environment” if the statue’s remnants remain.
The chancellor also announced she was stepping down from her post at the end of this academic year.
Kerfuffle - Silent - Sam - UNC - Assistants
The most recent kerfuffle over Silent Sam involved UNC teaching assistants threatening to withhold grades if the statue returned to campus “in any shape or form.”
From the IHE story:
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Folt and Chapel Hill’s campus board had backed a plan to build a history center to house the monument and detail the history of race at the university. But the UNC Board of Governors rejected that plan in December.
The debate over the statue’s future was not resolved when it was knocked...
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