This film focuses on our relationship as students and community members of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to the racialized histories of our campus, which manifest themselves as prominent spatial landmarks. We explore the implications of monuments such as Silent Sam, the statue on McCorkle Place erected during a White Supremacist campaign that toured the South after the fall of the Confederacy in 1912. The University often ignores the racist history of Silent Sam and stifles conversation about his significance for students of color, and in particular Black students, who may feel unsafe due to its presence. Many other UNC buildings, such as Saunders Hall, named after KKK leader William L. Saunders, share similar histories.
This documentary denounces the invisiblized white supremacist narrative that undergirds UNC and the wider Chapel Hill community, while highlighting the often-minimized resistance work and mobilization undertaken by student activists and community members to confront these structures. We seek to draw connections between our identities and the historical weight of the spaces we inhabit. Using interviews, archival footage, and audio, we create a visual ethnography of UNC's racialized geography. By instigating further conversation on alternative histories, we attempt to address the collective historical amnesia we suffer from as a community.