Tag Archives: Rocky Mount

More elephants walk in the South

Mary, hanged by the neck until dead

At Guilford College, Allan Gurganus brought to light the story of a baby elephant’s walk in Rocky Mount a hundred years ago.

Mike Miller points to the fate of Mary in Kingsport, Tennessee. An untrained handler sought to dissuade her from nibbling a watermelon rind in the course of a circus parade. This sent her into a rage and she killed the handler before she was done, provoking the citizens of Kingsport to exact Tennessee justice.

All she wanted was a bit of watermelon rind.




His people were from Conetoe

MonkHis mother’s people were from Conetoe:  jazz great Thelonious Monk of Rocky Mount.

Those Knights and Battses, did they shape and were they shaped by turn-of-the-century Thigpens, Harrells and Bullocks?