Police investigating after black history plaque taken from road near UNC’s campus

Orange County News

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) β€” Chapel Hill Police are trying to figure out who removed a plaque a group of UNC students placed near campus.

The plaque was set up along Franklin Street next to the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway marker near McCorkle Place.

Chapel Hill town officials said they didn’t remove the plaque, and heard about heard about it being removed Friday night.

The plaque’s designer, UNC senior Annie Simpson, said it’s a black history plaque with a connection to the Silent Sam Confederate monument taken down in 2018.

CBS 17 has chosen not to say all of what’s written on the plaque, with some may finding it offensive.

For Simpson, Sunday night was the first time seeing the space where the plaque was once placed.

“It definitely hurts to see it in person,” Simpson said.

Simpson said the plaque references a speech given by Julian Carr in 1913 at the dedication of Silent Sam.
She believes it’s important to honor the woman referenced.

“This is my campus, and I as a student here, I feel like I have a stake in this community,” she said.

While the plaque may be gone, she and others now feel inspired.

“Maybe we’ll make more plaques. Maybe we’ll make just different art,” Simpson said. “It doesn’t end here.”

Simpson said the group “Take Action Chapel Hill” created a GoFundMe page to help raise money to rebuild the plaque.

Anyone with information about the plaque’s removal is asked to call the Chapel Hill Police Department at (919) 968-2760.

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