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.”  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.” 
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.
 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.