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A ‘shrine to white supremacy’? New plan for Silent Sam quickly draws criticism.

Protesters march and call for professors to strike against BOT recommendation for Silent Sam

Several hundred people protested in Chapel Hill on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, to oppose the recommendation made by the UNC Board of Trustees to build a new $5.3 million building on campus for the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam.
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Several hundred people protested in Chapel Hill on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, to oppose the recommendation made by the UNC Board of Trustees to build a new $5.3 million building on campus for the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam.

A recommendation to to build a $5.3 million history center to house the Silent Sam Confederate statue on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus quickly drew reaction — much of it critical — on social media Monday.

The UNC Board of Trustees approved a proposal Monday to house the controversial statue, which was torn down by protesters in August. The UNC system’s Board of Governors will consider the proposal Dec. 14.

On Monday, the UNC Board of Trustees recommended building a historical center on campus to house Silent Sam. The building is estimated to cost $5.3 million.

Some people on Twitter questioned the cost of a new building.

Some people wondered if finding a new home for Silent Sam is worth the effort.

And others wanted the statue put back up were it once was, with better security.

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Sarah Nagem is an assistant metro editor at The News & Observer.


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