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South Building, center, is the main administrative building at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At left is the Old Well, the visual symbol of the university.

South Building, center, is the main administrative building at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At left is the Old Well, the visual symbol of the university.

NORTH CAROLINA: UNC Says It Can’t Legally Remove Confederate Statue

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said on Tuesday that it did not have the legal authority to remove a Confederate monument from its campus, despite guidance from Gov. Roy Cooper suggesting that administrators “take immediate measures” if they feel there is a risk to public safety.

The announcement came just hours before a planned demonstration by protesters demanding the removal of the statue, commonly known as Silent Sam. The monument was erected in 1913 and stands as a memorial to alumni who served in the Confederate Army.

The university asked Governor Cooper, a Democrat, for help with campus security at tonight’s rally, and to convene a state historical commission to decide the fate of the statue. In response, Mr. Cooper advised the university to take the path that other institutions have in recent days — Duke University removed a statue of Robert E. Lee — if they feel there is a real risk.

A law signed in 2015 …

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