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Silent Sam Deal Poses New Questions And Concerns

Sign in front of the confederate monument Silent Sam that reads, 'HANDS OFF SAM.'
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A sign in support of the Silent Sam statue rests near the monument on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 as hundreds of protesters gathered in opposition of the statue.

The North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans are now the official owners of the controversial Silent Sam statue that once stood on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.

The UNC Board of Governors announced a settlement with that organization last Wednesday and granted them a $2.5 million trust to be used for the care and preservation of the statue. The settlement bars the organization from relocating Silent Sam to any of the 14 counties that have a UNC system school. WUNC Daily News Producer Will Michaels joins host Frank Stasio to discuss the terms of the agreement and the backlash on campus. He will also address a leaked letter that spells out what Sons of Confederate Veterans plan to do with the windfall. Michaels contrasts UNC’s decision with that of neighboring Pittsboro who took down the Confederate monument in front of their historic courthouse despite protests and recently dismissed a lawsuit by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Dana is an award-winning producer who began as a personality at Rock 92. Once she started creating content for morning shows, she developed a love for producing. Dana has written and produced for local and syndicated commercial radio for over a decade. WUNC is her debut into public radio and she’s excited to tell deeper, richer stories.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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