Silent Sam confederate statue sparks protests at the University of North Carolina

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s plan to move a toppled confederate statue into a new five million dollar building on the outskirts of campus is being met by protests.The university’s chancellor says state law requires them to keep the statue on campus. 

The new building would also house other historical artifacts for educational purposes.  Last night students protested the plan. There was also at least one UNC trustee who spoke out against the change.

Bill Keyes, UNC trustee says, “We cannot, at least I cannot, ignore [what] the war was fought over: slavery.”

The school spent more than $400,000 on security for Silent Sam last year. The statue has been standing on UNC’s campus more than a century before protesters tore it down in August of this year.
 

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