Confederate Monuments

The Silent Sam monument stands prominently on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s campus. Protestors for and against the statue’s removal attended rallies near the monument on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.
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A law in North Carolina that was written to make moving Confederate monuments nearly impossible will soon get its first true test.

The North Carolina Historical Commission is expected to decide as soon as early June whether Gov. Roy Cooper may relocate three Confederate monuments from outside the State Capitol.

The base of the Confederate monument at UNC-Chapel Hill known as Silent Sam was doused in red Monday, April 30, 2018
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A Confederate monument nicknamed Silent Sam has been standing on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill since 1913.

The base of the Confederate monument at UNC-Chapel Hill known as Silent Sam was doused in red Monday, April 30, 2018
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A UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student has made her first court appearance after dumping red paint and some of her blood onto a Confederate statue on campus.

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The 2018 midterm election is shaping up to be one of the most important in recent memory, and much of what happens in November will be determined tomorrow in primary elections around the state. There are no statewide races on the ballot, but there are primary challenges in almost every Congressional district, Democrats running for every legislative seat in the state, and many contentious local races for positions like sheriff and county attorney.

Sheriff Mike Andrews stands and speaks to a crowd of about 30 at a forum in Durham. Opponent Clarence Birkhead looks on from his seat.
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A legal battle over the destruction of a Confederate monument in Downtown Durham is over, but the political fallout lingers.

Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews pressed hard for felony charges against the original nine suspects last August. And now he’s facing a tough battle in the May 8 Democratic primary race against opponent Clarence Birkhead – the candidate he beat in the 2014 race. 

The Women of the Confederacy monument was a gift to the state by Confederate veteran Col. Ashley Horne, and was unveiled in June 1914. It was the wish of Colonel Horne to recognize the suffering and hardship faced by women during this tragic period.
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A committee studying the possible removal of three Confederate monuments on North Carolina's Capitol grounds is accepting public comments for one more day.

Slavery, Confederate Monuments, Duke University
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Universities from Brown in Rhode Island to Furman in South Carolina have commissions in place to study Race, Slavery and Monuments.  One institution where millions of dollars is being spent to make sure everyone has a say in how universities remember and mark the past is the University of Virginia.

The Women of the Confederacy monument was a gift to the state by Confederate veteran Col. Ashley Horne, and was unveiled in June 1914. It was the wish of Colonel Horne to recognize the suffering and hardship faced by women during this tragic period.
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People from across North Carolina got the chance to speak out on the fate of the confederate monuments on the Raleigh state capitol grounds. A special committee is tasked with recommending if the statues should remain where they are, or be moved to a state historic site.

Raul Jimenez, one of the alleged Durham confederate monument topplers, was acquitted of all charges Monday. He spoke about his continued fight against racism on Thursday in front of the spot where the monument used to stand.
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The nine activists accused of toppling a confederate monument in Durham are no longer facing criminal charges. But they say their fight against racism will continue.

Confederate Monuments, Charlottesville, Durham Monument
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The case of the Durham Eight has reached an end.

 

Durham District Attorney Roger Echols announced Tuesday afternoon he was dropping all charges against the five remaining defendants standing trial for toppling a confederate monument last August.

Dante Strobino (at right in jean jacket) takes notes during his trial on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Strobino is one of eight people facing charges for toppling a Confederate Monument in downtown Durham last summer.
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Problems identifying protesters on video hindered North Carolina prosecutors on Monday as they sought to hold demonstrators responsible for toppling a Confederate statue last summer.

North Carolina State Capitol, Raleigh.
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A group of academic historians, preservationists and business people are meeting for the first time to evaluate the request by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's administration to remove three Confederate monuments from North Carolina's old Capitol grounds.

Mikisa Thompson, mother of defendant Takiyah Thompson, addressed supporters outside the Durham County Courthouse on Thursday, January 12, 2018.
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A North Carolina district attorney says he plans to drop felony charges against eight protesters accused of toppling a Confederate statue last year.

The courtroom was packed as the last eight defendants in the case stemming from the toppling of a confederate statue in downtown Durham showed up with their attorney and lots of witnesses.

people marching with confederate flags in Washington, D.C.
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Alderman Ralph Hamlett wants symbols of hate and racism to be banned from parades in his town of Canton, North Carolina.

 Defendants Qasima Wideman and Raul Jimenez stand outside of the Durham County Courthouse on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Both still face charges for the toppling of a confederate statute in  downtown Durham last August.
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A protester accused of helping tear down a North Carolina Confederate statue has struck a deal to avoid a felony charge, while other defendants had their cases continued.

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The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Board of Trustees held a public hearing Wednesday to gather opinions on Silent Sam. That’s the Confederate monument sitting near the entrance to the UNC campus that has become the focal point of protests and denouncements by students, faculty, and even entire university departments.

Protesters with the #DefendDurham movement outside the Durham County Courthouse
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About two dozen protesters with the #DefendDurham movement called on District Attorney Roger Echols on Tuesday to drop criminal charges against nine people connected to the toppling of a confederate monument.

Durham County officials remove the Confederate statue that was pulled off its post by protestors.
Courtesy of Barry Yeoman

Durham prosecutors dropped all charges against three people accused of toppling a Confederate monument in Durham.

Charges against Alexander Caldwell, Taylor Cook, and Myles Spigner were dropped, according to their defense attorney Scott Holmes.

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As many cities struggle to deal with their Confederate monuments, Greensboro has its own concrete legacy of white supremacy to contend with: Aycock Street was named after former governor and white supremacist Charles Aycock, whose name has already been removed from a Greensboro middle school and several other public buildings around the state.

The Women of the Confederacy monument was a gift to the state by Confederate veteran Col. Ashley Horne, and was unveiled in June 1914. It was the wish of Colonel Horne to recognize the suffering and hardship faced by women during this tragic period.
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Three confederate monuments on the state capitol grounds will stay up for now.

Robert Lee IV, a descendant of Confederate General Robert Lee, speaks out against racism at the 2017 VMA's on 8/27/2017. Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, appears on stage.
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Robert W. Lee IV is a North Carolina minister and descendant of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Robert W. Lee IV has made it his mission to counter the racist and problematic legacy of his ancestor by writing and speaking openly about the continued effects of racism in the U.S. 

The Old Well and flowers on the campus of UNC- Chapel Hill.
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The University of North Carolina has rejected a request by white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus.

Durham County officials remove the Confederate statue that was pulled off its post by protestors.
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Three more people have been charged with toppling a Confederate statue in North Carolina earlier this month.

Police surround a Confederate monument during a protest to remove the statue at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017.
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Hundreds of people rallied Tuesday night at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill campus in opposition of a Confederate statue known as Silent Sam.

A crowd gathered at the 'Silent Sam' statue at UNC - Chapel Hill on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.
Lisa Philip / WUNC

Updated 11:45 a.m., August 23, 2017

Three people are facing charges related to a demonstration against a Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina.

Confederate Monuments, Robert E. Lee, Duke Chapel, Duke University
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Confederate monuments have become flash points for a national debate about free speech, race and memory. Statues have been removed in more than a dozen states including Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Florida and New York. 

The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was removed from  the Duke University Chapel days after it was vandalized.
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Editor's Note: In December, Duke University announced it will leave an empty space where it removed a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. That's so it can spend another year studying a proper replacement. President Vincent Price approved the yearlong study period recommended by a campus historical commission. The commission was convened in September after the statue's removal. Lee was among 10 figures depicted at Duke Chapel in or near its entryway.

Duke University quickly and quietly removed a controversial statue from its most iconic building over the weekend.

Protesters hold a sign at an anti-KKK rally in downtown Durham on Friday, August 18, 2017.
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Updated 5:13 p.m., August 18, 2017

Several thousand people marched in downtown Durham in a demonstration against racism on Friday afternoon.

exterior of the NC State Legislature
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This week in North Carolina politics, a conversation about unrest in Charlottesville; a Confederate statues comes down in Durham; and anti-white supremacists hold vigils across the Triangle. Meanwhile, Governor Roy Cooper calls for the removal of all Confederate statues across the state.

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This week on the WUNC Politics Podcast, a conversation about unrest in Charlottesville, Va., the toppling of a Confederate statue in Durham and President Donald Trump's response to recent events.

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