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NAACP protests UNC's 'Silent Sam' Confederate statue

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NAACP President Rev. Dr. William J. Barber joined a protest Sunday afternoon about the Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The statue, erected in 1913 near Franklin Street, is commonly known as Silent Sam because the soldier carries a rifle but no ammunition.

The protest was Sunday at the statue as part of the Real Silent Sam movement.

The NAACP said in a news release that The Real Silent Sam Committee "has campaigned over the past two years for a plaque telling the true history of the Confederate soldier and the role that the leadership of the University of North Carolina played in the end of the First Reconstruction and the violent white supremacist backlash against Fusion, multi-racial politics of the late 1800s. 

"The Confederate monument, unveiled on June 2, 1913, celebrated the re-establishment of white supremacy and Jim Crow after the years of Reconstruction."

The Daughters of the Confederacy erected the monument in 1913 in honor of the 287 UNC alumni who fought and died in the Civil War.

The monument, which cost $7,500 to build, also spoke to the intense racial nature of the time. Julian Carr spoke at the dedication ceremony and, according to a UNC website, spoke of the heroic nature of the Confederate soldiers.

But Carr also said, "100 yards from where we stand, less than 90 days perhaps after my return from Appomattox, I horse-whipped a negro wench, until her skirts hung in shreds, because upon the streets of this quiet village she had publicly insulted and maligned a Southern lady."


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