Confederate Monument

The University’s Confederate Monument, which has been known since the 1950s as “Silent Sam,” operated for over a century as the institution’s most striking symbol to white supremacy. As early as 1965, there had been numerous calls and demands from Black students and workers to remove or historically contextualize the monument. In August 2018, organizers pulled down the Confederate soldier, and in January 2019, the base of the statue was also removed from the campus. The Confederate Monument remains a flashpoint for continued protest on campus.

Confederate Monument, in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Image Collection Collection #P0004, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Organization: Black Student MovementReal Silent Sam CoalitionStudents Seeking Historical Truth, #StrikeDownSam Anti-Racist Coalition

Space Use: Monument or Memorial

Spatial Organizing Approach: Contestation

Date Created: 1913

Campus Space: McCorkle Place

Citation: Interview with Michelle Brown by Charlotte Fryar, 2 March 2018, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.