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"Silent Sam" Soldier Statue

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This monument was erected by United Daughters of the Confederacy on the University of North Carolina campus in 1913 in honour of the alumni who served as Confederate soldiers in the Civil War. From 1954 onwards, it became known as "Silent Sam”, a comment on the statue’s apparent ability to fire its gun when a virgin walked by. In August 2018, the monument was toppled by protestors and its future display remains contested.

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