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James Johnston Pettigrew, #UNC Class of 1849. Born 1828 to Ebenezer and Ann Shepard Pettigrew. Pettigrew Hall on UNC’s campus is named for him (building adjacent to where #SilentSam stood). His family’s involvement in the slave trade is deep and well-documented. #samsreckoning
James Johnston’s grandfather Charles was an Anglican minister in Edenton, N.C. Finding it difficult to make ends meet as a religious leader, he decided to start a plantation. In 1778 Charles married Mary Blount, a wealthy heiress, and received 9 slaves and land from her family.
Three of Charles’ parishioners started the Lake Company, land venture to buy up 100,000 acres of swamps around Lake Phelps and convert to usable land. To do this they needed (free) labor. They sailed a slave ship from Boston to Africa, captured 100 people, transported back to NC.
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On this day in 1970, Black UNC students declared "Black Monday" after cops rushed a striking workers' picket line & arrested UNC Black Student Movement leader Jack McClain. This was 1yr after BSM's support for a UNC cafeteria worker strike which ended in wage increase & union.
Later, UNC fired one of the leaders of the food service strike, a Black worker named Elizabeth Brooks. "She felt they were firing her now because they knew that if she was fired in the fall there would be a chance for another strike." (from @unc_bsm Black Ink)
Black Monday was a call from the UNC Black Student Movement for Black students from across the state to come to UNC to support the striking UNC food service workers. "On the eve of their coming, the strike was settled." #UNC #StrikeDownSam
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This is wrong. Germany doesn’t build Hitler statues to “tell about their long & complicated history.”

Public square or private square, there is no good in glorifying white supremacy terrorism. Leave it in the history books.
I looked it up

The @UNC Board of Trustees has 13 members:
•11 white men & women
•2 men of color
•0 women of color

What a shocker that a Board that’s 85% White w/0 WOC voted to spend $5.3M + $800K/year on a statue to celebrate white supremacy terrorism😑
Right Wing: Don't blame us for the KKK & White Supremacy. The Democrats built them.

Democrats: Hmm ok, let's tear down all Confederate white supremacy monuments

Right Wing: What?! How dare you tear down our heritage!
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I have seen many comments from those who applaud the removal of #silentsam, but oppose the means by which it was removed. So here is a non-comprehensive list of efforts #silencesam activists have taken historically & today. All met w silence or hostility by #unc administration
1/ First some history--from what we know direct action against #silentsam began in 1968 in response to MLK's assassination (pic courtesy of @uncarchives), although calls for its removal came earlier (for ex, @dailytarheel published an op ed in March 1965,…)
2/ Since 1968, protests around the statue ebbed and waned. However, in the recent past (at least since 2014) neo-confederates/white supremacists have used #silentsam as a rallying point. So, some of the 1st actions by contemporary #silencesam activists have been counter-protests
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