Monuments

Monuments

"Silent Sam" Soldier Statue


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.


Monument type:

Statue - standing soldier

Artist:

John Wilson

Dedication Date:

6/2/1913

Address:

United States

Inscription:

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Conception Date:
1907
Opening Date:
Material:
Size:
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Creator:
John Wilson
Cost / Value:
Erected by:
the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the University of North Carolina
Funded by:
the University of North Carolina, Alumni of the university, the United Daughters of the Confederacy
Run by:
the University of North Carolina
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Entry Contributor(s):
hx24@st-andrews.ac.uk