UNC Chancellor stepping down; Silent Sam to be removed

Thousands were left shocked on Monday as the Chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill announced she will resign at the end of the semester, and, she ordered the removal of a controversial Confederate statue in her resignation letter. 

Chancellor Carol Folt said what is left of Silent Sam poses a continuing threat both to the personal safety and wellbeing of our community.

Folt has been leading the Chapel Hill campus since July 2013, and until today there was no indication of her leaving.

Just last month, Folt and University trustees recommended the creation of a $5.3 million history center on the edge of campus to house Silent Sam.

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Days later, the board of governors rejected that plan, and instead named a committee to come up with an alternative plan that still has not been announced.

Back in August, protest broke out on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill and Silent Sam was knocked over. For weeks chants to take down the statute continued and several protestors were arrested.

Some Charlotte-area neighborhoods also felt the effects of protests against Confederate statues with memorials in Salisbury, Cornelius and uptown vandalized with spray painted. 

Back in Chapel Hill, it's not clear when the rest of Silent Sam will come down. Folt is scheduled to resign after the spring semester.