UNC Removes Confederate Pedestal from Campus Overnight

"Silent Sam" was toppled last year by protesters who decried its origins. Now the massive pedestal and bronze memorial plaques will be stored while their fate is decided.

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The last remnants of a Confederate statue were removed from North Carolina’s flagship public university early Tuesday at the request of UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt, who also announced her resignation in a move that increases pressure on the system’s board of governors to give up on plans to restore the monument. The university announced at 1 a.m. that the removal had begun, only hours after Folt’s surprise order to remove the empty base for…

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