CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The toppling of the Silent Sam statue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the latest in a series of calls to take down Confederate monuments in North Carolina and across the nation. 



Specifically for Silent Sam, it is the next movement in what has been years of protesting its placement at the university. 

7 Fast Facts about the Silent Sam Monument: 

1. It was first erected in 1913. 

2. It was gifted by the Daughters of the Confederacy in 1909. 

3. The monument is located on UNC's North Campus in the McCorkle Place quad, facing north toward Franklin Street. 

4. The statue is named "Silent Sam" because he "he carries no ammunition and cannot fire his gun." 

5. For years, protests have regularly pushed for the removal of the statue or for it to be relocated. 

6. The removal by protesters Monday is the first time the statue has been moved to a different place since 1913.

7. Those against the statue believe it has racist connotations and represents slavery, while others believe that it honors the UNC alumni that fought in the Civil War and its a symbol of heritage. 

Facts courtesy of The UNC Graduate School, The UNC Virtual Tour and The UNC University Library.

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