RALEIGH, N. C. – The chancellor of North Carolina ‘ s flagship, the university strongly Friday indicated that the school will not back a torn-down Southern view of the main quad where it used to stand, but was shortly after the confirmation of the former place is excluded.
In a campus-wide statement , the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt said that she was busy with the school trustees to find an alternative location” for the statue that was broken during a protest on Aug. 20.
“Silent Sam has a place in our history and on our campus, where the history can be taught, but not at the front door of a safe, welcoming, proud public research university,” she said.
McCorkle Place, where it stood, is often referred to as the university’s front door.”
Still, during a conference call with reporters Friday, Folt would not confirm the quad is excluded.
“If you try to get me to say where it’s going to be, I can’t say it,” she said.
Folt is working with curators to develop a plan for the image of a Nov. 15 deadline, when it will be submitted for approval to the Board of directors, which oversees the statewide university system.
Folt said Friday that she and the Chapel Hill board members will take of the recommendations in the coming weeks from students, teachers, alumni and others.
Silent Sam had stood in McCorkle since 1913 until it was demolished during a meeting of several hundred demonstrators, who called it a racist symbol. Protesters used banners to hide efforts to tie the rope they used to bring it down. Four protesters face misdemeanor charges of assisting in the overturning of the statue.
Tensions remain high more than a week after the bronze statue was taken. About a dozen people have been arrested in the follow-up demonstrations and counter-protests since the statue toppling, including three on Thursday night.
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