Unsung Founders Memorial

How can a single memorial, set in the main quad of a public university campus, possibly evoke such an array of responses? This controversial monument has remained notorious throughout its nearly five years of existence.

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Silent Sam

Erected in 1913, this statute of a Confederate soldier is located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was given to the University by the Daughters of the Confederacy to honor the more than 1,000 students that served in the Civil War. In recent history, however, the monument has attracted criticism from the campus and national community, with some pushing for its removal.

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The University of Mississippi’s Civil Rights Monument

This poignant monument, known simply as the University of Mississippi’s civil rights monument, is centered right in the heart of Ole Miss’ campus and immortalizes the first black student ever to attend this state college. The student’s name was James Meredith and the bronze figure in the main focal point of the memorial is life-size statue of him.

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The Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama

The monument depicted in this photograph is the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama. This memorial was constructed to commemorate all those who lost their lives during the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and the 60s.

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