So far there have been five major protests at the site where the confederate statue known as Silent Sam stood on the upper quad of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Students toppled the statue shortly after 9 p.m. on August 20, the day before classes started.
Protestors, including students, community members, activists and others, have numbered in the hundreds for each of the protests. A large number of police and sheriff’s deputies from around the state were deployed to quell the protests and have used riot shields, smoke bombs and pepper spray to disperse crowds. Neo-confederate demonstrators have also been present to memorialize the statue.