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The Origin of a Symbol

In 1965 the NC General Assembly passed a piece of legislation. It selected a sea shell symbolic of the state. To those who were casual observers of the doings of the legislature, it would seem a simple activity. Actually it was not an easy task. The legislation was introduced by Moncie Daniels, and he favored the Scotch Bonnet. However, there were competing shells and considerable controversy. Other legislators had their favorites--ear snail shell, false cerith shell, prickly winkle shell, and the hairy shell. Finally after many hours of debate, the Scotch Bonnet prevailed.
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