Silent Sam, a Confederate statue, stood on the upper quad of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for over a hundred years. Students and activists 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 subsequent protests. A large number of police and sheriff’s deputies from around the state have been 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.