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UNC leaders to vote on plan for toppled Confederate statue

December 3, 2018

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Leaders of North Carolina’s flagship university are meeting to decide the fate of a Confederate monument torn down by protesters.

The chancellor and trustees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were finalizing a plan Monday for the century-old bronze statue known as “Silent Sam.” They didn’t immediately release details, and went into closed session to discuss it. They were scheduled to reopen their meeting later in the morning.

The separate Board of Governors, which oversees the statewide university system, will have final say over where to put the statue, which has been stored at an undisclosed location since it was toppled in August.

The statue of an anonymous soldier was erected on a main campus quad in 1913. Demonstrators called it a racist symbol.

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