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A university’s betrayal of historical truth

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The statue of Silent Sam stood on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1913 until it was toppled by protesters in 2018.

Amid the controversy surrounding how to deal with monuments that pay homage to Civil War veterans, some hold that a recent move by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is misguided. More than a year after a bronze statue of a Confederate soldier known as Silent Sam was toppled by protesters, the university has agreed to pay the Sons of Confederate Veterans $2.5 million to place the statue off campus in the care of a trust. The story, which appeared in The Atlantic, mentions Furman University’s efforts to reckon with its historical ties to slavery and “past social injustices.”

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