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Thu May 16, 2019, 07:02 AM

UNC Board of Governors (again) postpones plan for "Silent Sam"

The UNC Board of Governors will not discuss a plan for the future of the “Silent Sam” Confederate monument at next week’s meeting.

After it was toppled by protesters last August, the damaged statue was taken to a secure, undisclosed location. Board members were divided on its future – some publicly insisting a 2015 law passed by the General Assembly means it must be re-erected on campus, others quietly hoping to preserve the statue and peace on campus by moving it elsewhere.

The board tasked then-UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt and the school’s Board of Governors with crafting a plan for the monument. But it swiftly rejected a plan for a $5.3 million UNC history museum on campus where the statue could be securely kept.

Instead, the board appointed five of its own members – Darrell Allison, Jim Holmes, Wendy Murphy, Anna Nelson and Bob Rucho – to “got back to the drawing board” with the chancellor and trustees, coming up with a new plan.

Read more: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2019/05/14/unc-board-of-governors-again-postpones-plan-for-silent-sam/

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