Official apologizes for UNC’s links to slavery
The chancellor of North Carolina’s flagship public university apologized Friday for the school’s history of slavery, adding that words alone are not enough to atone for using enslaved people to build and maintain the campus.
“As chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I offer our university’s deepest apology for the profound injustices of slavery, our full acknowledgment of the strength of enslaved peoples in the face of their suffering, and our respect and indebtedness to them,” Chancellor Carol Folt said during a celebration of the school’s 225th anniversary.
The apology comes as Folt and other school officials must decide whether to restore the Confederate statue known as Silent Sam to its original location in the campus’s main quad after protesters toppled it Aug. 20. The UNC Board of Governors has set a Nov. 15 deadline for a plan for the statue’s “disposition and preservation.”