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UNC gives controversial Confederate statue to Confederate group

Confederate statue Silent Sam at Chapel Hill
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced it is giving its controversial Confederate statue, Silent Sam, to a Confederate heritage group, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The statue has caused tensions to run high at the university, especially after students toppled it over a year ago. UNC's decision allows the statue to be preserved, but keeps it away from school grounds, notes the Post.

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