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Silent Sam, c. 1940s-1960s

The Confederate Memorial on UNC-Chapel Hill's McCorkle Place, known as "Silent Sam," has stood for more than 100 years. For nearly half that time, the monument has been the subject of controversy. Students, faculty, administrators, and alumni have debated, often passionately, about the original intent of the monument and its purpose and meaning for UNC today.

This website is a guide to primary sources, held in the University Archives and other Wilson Library collections, about the planning and dedication of Silent Sam and the discussion surrounding the monument in the years since. Many of the resources listed here have been digitized and are available for easy access online. Others are accessible in Wilson Library. Our intention is to provide a comprehensive list of materials that can be used to inform current and future discussions about this contested monument.

This guide was created by University Archives staff members in 2016. As new documents related to the Confederate Monument are acquired or discovered, they will be added to the "Archival Resources" section of the guide.  If you have questions or comments about this guide or the resources listed, please contact Wilson Library: wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

Last updated:1 September 2017