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Activists celebrate removal of 'Silent Sam' statue

Silent Sam has been removed entirely from the UNC campus. Last night, Chancellor Carol Folt announced she is stepping down after graduation & she authorized the removal of the Silent Sam base, saying safety is her top priority. (Photo credit: WTVD)

Activists held a “victory party” on the campus of North Carolina’s flagship public university to celebrate the removal of the last remnants of Confederate statue "Silent Sam."

News outlets report that organizers gathered Tuesday night at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where they ate pizza, gave celebratory speeches and chanted, “I believe that we will win!”

Chancellor Carol Folt announced Monday that she had authorized that the pedestal that once held the statue known as “Silent Sam” be removed from a main campus quad and put into storage. Workers hauled the marble pedestal off the quad hours later.

The “Silent Sam” statue itself has been in storage since it was pulled down last August by protesters who consider it a racist symbol.

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The board governing North Carolina’s public university system is forcing out the head of the state’s flagship public university hours after she ordered a toppled Confederate statue’s base removed.

Carol Folt said Tuesday she was protecting public safety by having workers haul the marble pedestal off a main quad after midnight. She also announced it would be among her final acts ahead of resigning in May.

Hours later, the statewide university system’s Board of Governors made her resignation effective at the end of this month.

The “Silent Sam” statue itself has been in storage since it was pulled down last August by protesters who consider it a racist symbol. Folt and trustees proposed putting it in a new $5 million campus history center, but that idea proved unpopular.

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