Unsung Founders Memorial

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The Unsung Founders Memorial serves as a counterpoint to the Confederate Memorial (a.k.a. Silent Sam.)  Erected in 2005 as a gift of the class of 2002 both the form and the function of this memorial have been questioned and debated ever since. The monument was designed by artist Do-Ho Suh.  One point to consider when viewing the memorial is the inscription which reads, “The Class of 2002 honors the University’s unsung founders – the people of color bond and free – who helped build the Carolina that we cherish today.”   While many see this as a memorial to the enslaved black people who built UNC’s campus, note that neither the word “black” nor the word “slave” appears.