UNC will have until at least late May to decide what should be done with the damaged Silent Sam statue under an extension granted by the university system’s Board of Governors on Monday. The Confederate monument has been in storage since August.
In two weeks, a plan is due for the future of the toppled Silent Sam Confederate monument, but so far the UNC Board of Governors has not debated the issue openly, and a special board committee has met only once, in private.
UNC’s 1979 yearbook editor expected outrage over a photo of fraternity members dressed in Klan-style robes pretending to lynch a white student in blackface. She just didn’t think it would take 40 years.
A 10-year-old Durham Cub Scout dropped to a knee as his Pack 451 led the Pledge of Allegiance opening the City Council meeting. Video of the meeting shows Liam Holmes kneel with his hand over his heart.
Kevin Guskiewicz, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and an expert on concussions in sports, will be the interim chancellor, succeeding Carol Folt. The announcement was made Wednesday by UNC system Interim President Dr. Bill Roper.
The state renamed the town of Carrboro in the early 20th century for Civil War veteran and Durham businessman Julian Carr. The town is hanging a plaque to mark Carr’s history of white supremacy and segregation.
An after-action report on the Aug. 20 toppling of the Silent Sam Confederate statue found “serious deficiencies” in the way it was handled, but “no evidence of a conspiracy” between the UNC-Chapel Hill administration and protesters to bring down the monument.
UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt posed in Carolina blue and handed out pizza and cupcakes Tuesday to the hundreds of students who lined up to take selfies with her. She wanted to say goodbye to students before she leaves the university this week.
UNC system Interim President Dr. Bill Roper said Friday that he thinks the Silent Sam Confederate statue should not be returned to its original location at McCorkle Place, a main gateway to the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.
The Jefferson Davis Highway marker on Franklin Street near the UNC campus has been a protest target since Silent Sam was torn down. Chapel Hill’s council wants state attorney general to weigh in on its removal.