Protesters knock down Silent Sam statue on UNC campus
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Silent Sam statue on the University of North Carolina’s campus Monday evening chanting for the removal of the monument and later blocking traffic in the Franklin Street area, WTVD reports. After dark, the statue came crashing down.
The group gathered to call for university leaders to take action and remove the Confederate monument.
But sometime after dark, a group used a rope and took matters into its own hands, toppling the statue amid wild cheers from the gathered crowd.
Those who called for the removal of Silent Sam said Monday night’s protest was also in solidarity with Maya Little, the UNC graduate student who was facing expulsion from school and criminal charges for covering Silent Sam with paint and her own blood earlier this year.