UNC student found guilty of vandalizing ‘Silent Sam’ in April

Orange County News
Maya Little in court

The woman accused of vandalizing the “Silent Sam” Confederate statue on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus months before the statue was torn down by protesters was found guilty. 

Police charged Maya Little, a Ph.D. candidate in history at UNC, with vandalism in May.

On Monday, she was found guilty of that charge. The judge continued judgment and waived costs and fines.

Little had been vocal against Silent Sam’s presence on campus for more than a year.

A video recorded before her arrest showed Little covering the statue in red paint and blood on April 30.

“The statue, a symbol of UNC’s commitment to white supremacy, has been defaced and protested since 1968. Yet the statue remains on campus 50 years later,” Little said in a statement in May. “It is also our duty to continue the struggle against white supremacy that countless others have led since black students have been on this campus.”

A 2015 state law generally prohibits the removal of Confederate monuments without legislative approval.

Protesters tore down the statue on Aug. 20.

Before the court appearance, supporters rallied for Little in front of the Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough.

Another rally is planned at Peace and Justice Plaza in Chapel Hill Monday night.

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