Silent Sam Opposition

Silent Sam is a confederate monument standing at the entrance of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s campus.  It was built in 1913 during a time of racial strife with the financial support of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (the UDC), an organization that venerated Confederate Soldiers as “the real Ku Klux.” [1]  The UDC was not alone in its interpretation of the Confederate army as defenders of white supremacy.  In his dedication speech to Silent Sam, Julian Carr, a prominent local industrialist and white supremacist, declared that confederate soldiers had “saved the very life of the Anglo-Saxon race” and referred to whipping a “negro wench” in front of federal soldiers for insulting a “Southern lady.” [2]

Students have protested the presence of Silent Sam on UNC’s campus for 50 years, since 1968.  Yet, the statue stands.  On Monday, April 30th, after over a year of sit-ins, peaceful rallies, and even the discovery of an undercover cop planted by UNC’s administration, Maya Little, a history graduate student, took action.  You can read her statement here.

Click here for some of our recent protest signs.

[1] S.E.F. Rose, “The Ku Klux Klan or Invisible Empire” (New Orleans: L. Graham Co. Limited, 1914), Dedication.

[2] Julian S. Carr, “Unveiling of Confederate Monument at University. June 2, 1913” in the Julian Shakespeare Carr Papers #141, Folder 26, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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