• Judge tosses $2.5 million Silent Sam settlement

    A Superior Court judge has reversed course on a $2.5-million settlement granting a Confederate veterans group ownership of Silent Sam.  Judge Allen Baddour threw out the deal during a hearing Wednesday, Feb. 12, about whether the Sons of the Confederate Veterans had legal standing to…

  • Court has more questions about Silent Sam

    An Orange County Superior Court still has questions about Silent Sam.  On Friday, Dec. 20, Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour denied a civil rights group’s motion to intervene in a lawsuit over Silent Sam, the Confederate statue illegally toppled on UNC Chapel Hill’s campus in August…

  • UNC leadership continues defense of Silent Sam deal

    A civil rights organization is trying to send Confederate statue Silent Sam back to UNC Chapel Hill’s campus, a top official says.  Silent Sam — which was illegally toppled by protesters in August 2018 — stirred up more conflict in late November. The day before Thanksgiving,…

  • Silent Sam secrecy continues tradition of opaqueness inside UNC operations

    The University of North Carolina System’s Board of Governors has a transparency problem. Again.  This time, the board’s secretive handover of Confederate monument Silent Sam to the controversial Sons of Confederate Veterans organization has drawn public ire and scrutiny. A November deal with SCV,…

  • Silent Sam settlement could be only the beginning

    The Silent Sam deal might encourage copycats. The Nov. 27 agreement between the UNC Board of Governors and the N.C. chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, transferring the Confederate monument from the university to the SCV, seems “squirrelly,” said former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Bob…

  • UNC turns over Silent Sam to Sons of Confederate Veterans

    Silent Sam may soon find a new home nowhere near the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. The UNC System Board of Governors announced Wednesday, Nov. 26, it had entered a consent agreement with the North Carolina chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans over the fate of the Confederate memorial, which…

  • UNC Board of Governors doesn’t want to restore Silent Sam

    Silent Sam should not return to the Chapel Hill campus, the leader of the University of North Carolina System’s Board of Governors says. Protesters felled the Confederate statue some nine months ago. Board chairman Harry Smith told reporters Wednesday, May 22, his views…