Fourth graders watch closely as gold meanders through North Carolina politics
A North Carolina state senator credited a fourth grade class in the eastern part of the state for injecting the idea into his head to explore gold as the state's official mineral, WRAL reports.
After the Senate approved the measure Monday eve, the issue now is subject to the review of the House.
An elementary school in Jacksonville that had close access to Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown no doubt is proud of the effort it spawned. Brown is the legislator who filed the bill as inspired by the 10-year-olds who reminded him of North Carolina's gold-mining heritage.
"I spoke to them and went through the process of how bills are created in the General Assembly," Brown said. "I guess they took it to heart."
For more than 200 years, North Carolina and the precious metal have been intertwined.
"The first authenticated discovery of gold in the US was in North Carolina in 1799," Brown said.
The Tar Heel State was the union's sole state to produce gold from 1803 to 1828. But the California gold rush brought the state's distinction as the country's top producer to an end in 1848.
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