Student-made app provides context on Silent Sam

By Austin Goins

UNC’s Board of Trustees this week discussed the issue of Silent Sam, but the Board’s not talking about removing the controversial statue. Instead they’re trying to cast it in a different light.

The university’s Historical Task Force presented trustees with plans to re-contextualize the monument Wednesday. It’s part of an effort by the university to give a better understanding of McCorkle Place, where the confederate monument currently stands.

The Historical Task Force plan also includes renovating the Unsung Founders monument…which honors the men and women of color who helped build the university. The project is expected to be completed by this Spring.

In the meantime, one professor and her students have taken it upon themselves to try to provide some context to Silent Sam. They’re hoping to use technology to keep the dialogue about the statue going.

Austin Goins reports.

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