CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – UNC Chancellor Carol Folt apologized for the school’s ties to slavery Friday.
Folt’s comments came on the University’s 225th birthday celebration.
“As Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I offer our university’s deepest apology for the profound injustices of slavery,” Folt said.
The chancellor went on to acknowledge the “strength of enslaved people in the face of the their suffering, and our respect and indebtedness to them.”
Folt said legislation passed by the North Carolina General Assembly 11 years ago “explicitly urged universities ‘to do all within their power to acknowledge the transgressions'” of the practice of slavery.
UNC has been in the spotlight in recent weeks after the school’s Confederate monument, known as Silent Sam, was torn down by protestors on Aug. 20.
The monument had been a source of controversy on the campus for decades.
Since its toppling, pro-Confederate groups have clashed with those opposing Silent Sam on campus. Some of those demonstrations have turned violent, leading to arrests.
UNC leads have until Nov. 15 to decide what to do with Silent Sam. North Carolina law requires it be re-re-erected with 90 days.