Crowds gather on UNC Chapel Hill campus to support ‘Silent Sam’

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Protesters rallied in support of a Confederate monument at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Sunday.

WRAL reported that Confederate flag supporters protested on campus in favor of the “Silent Sam” statue at UNC.

The monument was erected in 1913 to honor UNC students who fought and died for the confederacy during the Civil War.

Silent Sam was vandalized twice earlier this year, once in July and again in August.

Words like “Black lives matter,” “KKK” and “murderer” were found spray-painted on the statue. Whoever is responsible has not been caught.

The protesters that support the statue said they are honoring their heritage. Protesters against the statue also attended the event.

A demonstration against the statue was held earlier this month, with some students saying the monument is an insult to the black slaves who built UNC’s campus.