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  • Collection: UNC's Confederate Monument

Confederate Monument Cartoon, 1943
A cartoon from the September 1943 issue of Carolina Magazine depicting the soldier on the Confederate Monument shooting his gun over the head of an elderly woman as two soldiers look on from the base of the monument.

Silent Sam with "We Support BSM Demands" sign, 1969
An image of the Silent Sam statue with a sign reading "We Support BSM Demands" tucked behind the strap of the cartridge case and another sign, text not visible, on the statue's gun. The caption reads "The Residue of Friday's March," presumably in…

Confederate Monument painted with swastika and "PIGS GO HOME," circa 1969
The Confederate Monument spray-painted with a swastika and the words "PIGS GO HOME," possibly during the Foodworkers' Strike of 1969, during which NC Governor Robert Scott sent five riot-trained Highway Patrol squads to Chapel Hill and put four…

James Cates memorial demonstration, 19 November 1971
On November 19, 1971, the Black Student Movement and the the Afro-American Society of Chapel Hill High School held a gathering and protest at the Confederate Monument in memory of James Cates, a young black man murdered in the Pit by members of a…

 "The First Day of Silent Sam's Last Semester"
A flier for a rally at Silent Sam on 22 August 2017.

Soldiers in front of Silent Sam, 1918
Two men, presumably members of the Student Army Training Corps, pose in front of the Confederate Memorial in the 1918 Yackety Yack yearbook. The caption reads, "The Spirit of '61 and the Spirit of '17."

Confederate Memorial Day, undated
An undated photo of a young white boy waving a Confederate flag in front of Silent Sam on Confederate Memorial Day.

Freedom Legacy Project flyer, 2001
Flyer for an interest meeting of the Freedom Legacy Project. The Project, active from 1995 to 2001, was an organization focused on exposing institutional racism at the university and documenting the campus' history of racial conflict and activism.

"'Fess Up, Silent Sam" flyer, 2001
Draft flyer for an interest meeting of the Freedom Legacy Project. The Project, active from 1995 to 2001, was an organization focused on exposing institutional racism at the university and documenting the campus' history of racial conflict and…

Jumping from Silent Sam, 1968
Students climb and jump off of Silent Sam, 1968.

Silent Sam with scarf, 1973
Silent Sam wearing a winter scarf.

Silent Sam with Ku Klux Klan robe, 1970
Silent Sam with a Ku Klux Klan robe tied around its neck. The robe has a Confederate flag swastika design on the back.

Students climbing Silent Sam, circa 1939-1942
Two students climbing the Confederate Monument.

Students sit at the base of Silent Sam, circa 1939-1942
Three male students sit on the base of the Confederate Monument.

Graffiti, 1968
Graffiti on Silent Sam on April 8, 1968, as violent demonstrations erupt around the country following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"In Memoriam," 1913
A drawing of the Confederate Monument accompanied by a memorial tribute listing the alumni and students who had died that academic year. Included on the list is Isaac William Rand, a first-year student killed in a hazing incident September 12, 1912.

Unveiling, 1913 (front of postcard)
A postcard showing the unveiling of the Confederate Monument, June 2, 1913. The postcard, postmarked 1913, was sent to Mrs. M.F. Patterson, Winston-Salem, N.C. , and reads: "My dear Mother, This is a photo. of the unveiling of our new monument to…

Soldiers' Monument, undated
An undated postcard showing the Confederate Monument.

Confederate Soldiers' Monument, circa 1943
Postmarked July 11, 1943, the postcard is addressed to Mr & Mrs J.A. Cary, 2745 5th Ave., Ft. Worth, Texas and reads: "Otha Tiner U.S.N.R., V-5 Inst School, Carr Hall, Room 201, Chapel Hill, N.C. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Clary: This is one of the many…
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