Judge orders Confederate group to return most Silent Sam funds to UNC System

By Savannah Norris

The base of Silent Sam after protesters toppled the statue in 2018. The university removed the base several months later. (Ashley Mills/Carolina Connection).

This week, Judge Allen Baddour made another ruling on Silent Sam, ordering the Sons of Confederate Veterans to return most of the $2.5 million it received from the UNC System as part of a short-lived legal settlement over Silent Sam.

The group also was ordered to return the monument, which faces an uncertain future.

To talk about what happened, we have UNC senior Charlie McGee, who’s been reporting on the story for the Daily Tar Heel since the fall of the Confederate monument in 2018.

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