Confederate statue on UNC campus toppled

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The controversial “Silent Sam” statue on the campus of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill has been toppled by protesters.

WRAL-TV reports that more than 300 people gathered at the Peace and Justice Plaza at about 7:30 p.m. Monday before marching to the Confederate statue’s base and calling for its removal. At 9 p.m., protesters had marched down Franklin Street before returning back to the statue’s base. By 9:30 “Silent Sam” was down.

One person was arrested and charged with concealing one’s face during a public rally and resisting arrest.

The statue was given to the university by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1909. It was erected in 1913.

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