So you think you know North Carolina…. No. 40

1. True or false: North Carolina has no remaining covered bridges.

2. How many times did Gomer Pyle say “Golllly!” on “The Andy Griffith Show”?

3. In 1950, North Carolina led the nation in number of minor league baseball teams. How many teams did it field — 15, 25 or 45?

4. Which of these is NOT a community in North Carolina: Lizard Lick, Loafers Glory, Norlina, Pumpkin Center, Social Circle.

5. What civil rights activist spent 22 days on an Orange County chain gang in 1947 for testing a state law requiring segregated seating on buses?

Answers below






1. False. It has two: The Pisgah bridge in Randolph County (rebuilt after being washed away in 2003) and the Bunker Hill bridge in Catawba County.

2. Only once (May 19, 1964). “Golllly!” became a catchword, however, on Jim Nabors’ spinoff show, “Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.”

3. Forty-five. Today the number is fewer than a dozen.

4. Social Circle is in Georgia.

5. Bayard Rustin, then a little-known 35-year-old Quaker from New York. Rustin’s “Journey of Reconciliation” was essentially the first Freedom Ride. Later, as a key aide to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he would help organize the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at which King gave his “I have a dream” speech.


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