So you think you know North Carolina…. No. 49

1. In 1948 citizens of Newport News petitioned Virginia’s governor to close its southern border — why?

2. In 1988 officials at Raleigh-Durham International Airport teasingly distributed pinback buttons asking, “Parlez-vous Francais, Charlotte?” — why?

3. After this educator’s death at the age of 39, Frederick Douglass lamented that “the race has lost its ablest advocate.” To whom was he referring?

4. Duke Ellington composed what 1930s classic at a party in Durham’s North Carolina Mutual Building?

5. The last Confederate veteran in Congress served until 1910, 1920 or 1930?

Answers below





1. North Carolina was suffering the nation’s worst epidemic of infantile paralysis — better known today as polio. In 1959 the state became the first to require children to be inoculated with the new Salk vaccine.

2. RDU had just added an American Airlines flight to Paris — a direct connection then lacking at Charlotte/Douglas International. (American dropped the Paris flight in 1994 and shut its RDU hub a year later.)

3. Joseph C. Price, founder of Livingstone College.

4. “In a Sentimental Mood.” As Ellington recalled: “We had played a big dance in a tobacco warehouse, and afterwards a friend of mine, an executive in the North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company [treasurer Edward Merrick], threw a party for us….

“I was playing piano when another one of our friends had some trouble with two chicks. To pacify them, I composed this there and then, with one chick standing on each side of the piano.”

5. 1930. Former Confederate major Charles Manly Stedman, elected to the House 10 times by his Greensboro district, died at age 89.


One thought on “So you think you know North Carolina…. No. 49”

  1. I am so excited about your website!!! I ran across it trying to do some research on original Grove Park Inn pottery that was luncheon serve ware.
    We live about one hour from Grove Park Inn and have stayed there many times. Since the Omni bought it, its rates are ridiculous, so we do not visit it very often.
    While there, of course, we perused the showcases and I spotted a lily pad dish and lily “bloom” bowl. I cannot remember any info. except it was historical to the original GPI and caught my attention. I tried to contact the history dept. but he did not seem to have any interest in those original luncheon plates items that I have. If you know of anyone that may be interested in a set of “six” plates and bowls, please let me know. I will send pictures.
    I was born and raised in NC.
    Ann A. Gunter

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