CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The controversial "Silent Sam" statue on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus is no longer standing.

Photos circulated on social media Monday showed the statue face down in dirt after being brought down by protesters.

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A hat was also placed on the statue which had "Do it like Durham" printed on it.

The statue was brought down during a demonstration against white supremacy.

Officials tell Spectrum News that one person was arrested. That person has been charged with concealing one's face during a protest and resisting arrest.

There is no word on if there were other arrests.

UNC tweeted a response to the toppling:

UNC Chancellor Carol Folt released this statement:

Gov. Roy Cooper's office released a statement on the incident: "Governor Cooper has been in contact with local law enforcement and UNC officials regarding tonight's rally and appreciates their efforts to keep people safe. The Governor understands that many people are frustrated by the pace of change and he shares their frustration, but violent destruction of public property has no place in our communities."

Many students, faculty and alumni have called the statue a racist image and asked officials to remove it.

The statue was given to the university by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1909. It was erected in 1913.


The university said Tuesday evening in a statement that the SBI is now investigating the incident.

Some protesters could now face criminal charges in the toppling of the Silent Sam statue.

The Orange County district attorney told Spectrum News that he spoke with the campus police chief Tuesday morning. He said officers are conducting their investigation and that could take a few days.

Once that part is done, the D.A. will then decide whether to prosecute or not.

UNC System Board Chair Harry Smith and UNC System President Margaret Spellings released a statement about Silent Sam’s toppling:

“We have been in touch with UNC-Chapel Hill Trustee Chair Cochrane and Chancellor Folt both last night and this morning about the removal of the Silent Sam statue on UNC-CH’s campus. Campus leadership is in collaboration with campus police, who are pulling together a timeline of the events, reviewing video evidence, and conducting interviews that will inform a full criminal investigation.

The safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff is paramount. And the actions last evening were unacceptable, dangerous, and incomprehensible. We are a nation of laws—and mob rule and the intentional destruction of public property will not be tolerated.”

Campus police are putting together a timeline of events, reviewing videos and interviewing witnesses.

Another question is what happens to Silent Sam now?

It’s unclear where authorities took the statue or if UNC have any plans to put it back on its pedestal.

On Wednesday, the state's Commission on Confederate Monuments will meet for its regular meeting.

However, the group is not expected to address actions on relocating Silent Sam because the commission never received a petition from UNC and the UNC System.   

The commission says several individuals had already proposed relocating the statue but it's not clear at this point what the commission can do about that

UNC administrators say the statue’s toppling was unacceptable and destroying public property will not be tolerated.

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