A large number of protesters have toppled the controversial “Silent Sam” statue on the campus of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, amid a debate about race and the legacy of slavery in the United States.
More than 300 people gathered at the base of “Silent Sam,” a memorial to the Confederate soldiers killed during the Civil War, on Monday evening.
Protesters then marched down Franklin Street before returning back to the Confederate statue’s base. About two hours later, the statue, which had been standing on the Chapel Hill campus since 1913, was on the ground.
According to local media reports, demonstrators pulled the statue with rope and threw dirt on it. Students and teachers at the university have called the statue a racist image and asked officials to remove it.