Controversial ‘Silent Sam’, criticized as symbol of racism, falls after hundreds gathered at UNC Chapel Hill

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 on Monday evening before marching to the Confederate statue’s base and calling for its removal. At 9 pm, protesters had marched down Franklin Street before returning back to the statue’s base. By 9.30, “Silent Sam” was down.

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