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UNC honors life of civil rights activist killed on campus in 1970 with memorial

Friday, August 12, 2022 11:39 p.m.

CHAPEL HILL, NC (WTVD) — UNC Chapel Hill honored the life of a black man killed on campus in a 1970 racist attack.

The university will install a permanent memorial to civil rights activist James Cates in “The Pit.”

The announcement came after years of community action to honor Cates and bring attention to racially motivated violence.

Cates was 22 when he was stabbed to death by members of a white supremacist motorcycle gang near the student union.

He wasn’t a student at UNC but was from Chapel Hill.

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