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‘It’s important they understand:’ Leaders in Silent Sam reversal aim to educate next generation
(Daily Tarheel) This fall brings the first academic year that a full campus of undergraduate students will have never walked past the Silent Sam statue.
A group of student and community activists toppled the confederate statue in August 2018, and it was then removed from campus.
The UNC System entered into a $2.5 million settlement with the Sons of Confederate Veterans in November 2019 over possession of the statue. That February, following community opposition, the settlement was ruled void.
A student-faculty group represented by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and a group of UNC alumni and donors each filed an amicus brief in favor of overturning the settlement. Some of the Black Pioneers — a group who graduated from UNC during the Civil Rights Movement — were also on the alumni-donor amicus brief.
Some community members involved in the settlement reversal gathered this past week to reflect on the case and to examine the impacts of Silent Sam at the University. …Read the rest
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Whispering Wall inscription removed after almost a year of closure to the public
Many student groups have called for the memorial’s removal
(Cavalier Daily) The fencing surrounding the Whispering Wall has been removed following the replacement of the bricks containing an inscription to Confederate soldier Frank Hume. The updates have received mixed reactions from students, many of whom originally called for the wall’s full removal.
Designated in 1938 as the Frank Hume Memorial Wall, the structure is named after Confederate soldier and Virginia politician Frank Hume, who had no connection to the University.
Students have informally used the name “Whispering Wall” for years to describe the structure’s ability to carry sound from one side to the other. Located in Newcomb Plaza, the marble memorial also contains a fountain surrounded by a curved bench.
The Board first approved a recommendation made by the Naming and Memorials Committee in to change the official name of the monument and replace the inscription with contrasting bricks in June 2021. The Comittee was created in February 2021 after the formation of the Racial Equity Task Force in response to nation wide “Black Lives Matter” protests and the murder of George Floyd.
The inscription formerly located on the structure described Hume as a “devoted Virginian who served his native state in the Civil War and Legislative Hall.” Now officially known as the Whispering Wall and with the dedication to Hume removed, the structure was unveiled to the public… Read the rest
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White supremacists launch threats after bulldozing of Confederate monument, Enfield mayor says
(WTVD) — Weeks after a town mayor livestreamed the toppling of a Confederate monument in his own town, he’s now calling for an investigation.
Mayor Mondale Robinson said he and other community members have been receiving threats from white supremacists since the monument was bulldozed on Aug. 21.
Robinson is scheduled to make a public statement about the threats Tuesday at 11 a.m.
The Confederate monument in question was established in 1928 to honor Confederate soldiers and veterans of World War One.
In the years after it’s dedication, inscriptions have been added to honor veterans of World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War…