Protesters tore down a statue of a Confederate soldier Monday night on the campus of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Silent Sam was erected in 1913, a gift from the United Daughters of the Confederacy. In a statement, the university said there was a crowd of about 250 protesters, and a small group brought Silent Sam down, adding, "Tonight's actions were dangerous, and we are very fortunate that no one was injured. We are investigating the vandalism and assessing the full extent of the damage." For years, students, alumni, and faculty members have been calling for the removal of the controversial statue.
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