By | November 29, 2019

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The University of North Carolina System announced in its press release that  Silent Sam will now be in possession of The North Carolina Division Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. (SCV), as long as the statue is not placed on any university in the UNC System.

The SCV had previously filed suit and asserted various legal claims against the UNC System and the Board of Governors concerning Silent Sam’s placement. On Nov. 27, a judge granted ownership of all rights, title, and interests in Silent Sam to the SCV, the release said, along with possession of the monument, as long as it is outside of the 14 counties containing UNC System institutions.

“This resolution allows the University to move forward and focus on its core mission of educating students,” UNC Board of Governors Chair Randy Ramsey said in the release.

The UNC System went on to say, using non-state funds, UNC Chapel Hill will fund a charitable trust of $2,500,000, held independently by a non-party trustee, in order to preserve and care for the monument.