UNC Protesters Vow This Will Be The Last Semester ‘Silent Sam' Statue Is On Campus

Protesters Rally Against Silent Sam Statue

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Hundreds of protesters rallied around the Silent Sam statue Tuesday night on Chapel Hill’s campus demanding for it to be removed.

Read: Gov. Cooper: UNC Can Take 'Immediate Measures' to Remove Silent Sam Monument

Protesters vowed this will be the last semester the Silent Sam statue will be on campus.

The Confederate statue has been there for more than 100 years, to honor the Confederate soldiers from the university.

The majority of the protesters view "Silent Sam" as a symbol of hate. However, some supporters of the statue did show up but their voices were mostly drowned out by other protesters.

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Read: Southern Heritage Group Asks Commissioners To Keep Confederate Monument In Alamance Co.

Police put up a barricade around the monument to protect it during the protest.
Protesters chanted for hours while holding up signs, demanding for the monument to be removed.

Protesters marched in the street before ending with a sit-in at the monument.

The UNC system said it believes moving the statue is in the best interest of the safety of students, but moving Silent Sam depends on the laws.The school is now trying to figuring out if it's legal to take it down.

Police made two arrests at the protest.
 

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