‘Silent Sam" statue of Confederate soldier is topic of UNC-CH lecture

January 22, 2013

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina — Anyone who’s ever wondered about the real story behind the "Silent Sam" Statue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill can get answers to their questions at a free public lecture on campus.

The lecture will be held Tuesday at the Wilson Special Collections Library, which also has a small exhibit about the statue.

UNC history professor Fitz Brundage and others will discuss Silent Sam, which depicts a Confederate soldier facing north while grasping his rifle firmly in both hands. He lacks a cartridge box for ammunition, perhaps leading to his nickname.

The lecture marks the release of the library website "Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina." Brundage was scholarly adviser to the site, which documents the state’s history through monuments, shrines and public art.

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