- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - A statue memorializing Confederate soldiers has been spray painted with graffiti again on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Multiple media outlets reported Tuesday that someone spray painted “Who is Sandra Bland?” on the base of the statue overnight. The statue was also vandalized in July.

Bland was a black woman who died in a Texas jail after a contentious arrest by a white state trooper. Authorities ruled the death a suicide.

UNC spokesman Jim Gregory issued a statement saying the vandalism was unfortunate and was the opposite of open discussion.

The statue known as “Silent Sam” was erected in 1913 as a monument to students and alumni who joined the Confederate Army.

The school website says the statue is silent because it has no cartridge box for ammunition for its rifle.

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