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such schools should be reported to the Secretary of the College so that
the work done in them might be properly
Responding to these appeals eight or ten of the Associations of the
State undertook the establishment of high schools preparatory for the
College; among them the Beulah, the Raleigh, the Chowan, the Union
(now the Eastern), the Flat River, the Catawba River, the Sandy
Creek, and the Brier Creek seemingly with the cooperation of some
other Associations. In addition to these the Tar River Association and
the Cape Fear took some steps, but did not bring them to success,
towards establishing schools. These matters will now be considered in
We have seen that the Cherry Hill Academy was established in
1849. It continued in operation only two or three years, and was not
an Associational enterprise. In 1852 it was succeeded by the Milton
Male Classical Institute, which was advertised over the signature of
N. J. Palmer, Secretary, to be "under the patronage of the Roanoke,
Dan River, and Beulah Associations." Resolutions in its favor were
passed by the Dan River and Flat River Associations also, and it was
formally adopted by the latter as worthy of its support. Among its
Trustees were Elder Elias Dodson and William M. Faulkner of the
Beulah Association, but as Rev. Stinceon Ivey, an approved Baptist
minister, was operating a school at Madison in the limits of the
Beulah Association, no action was taken by that body in favor of
either school. Its purpose was indicated by the statement that it would
be preparatory to Wake Forest, Richmond, and other colleges in the
South, but would not be sectarian. For one year this school had great
success; this was due to the principal, who was none other than one
who was soon to become recognized as the leading Baptist preacher
of the United States, Rev. Poindexter S. Henson, of Virginia. He had
graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts from Richmond
College in 1848, had taught a year, and then entered the University of
Virginia where he remained two sessions. He was highly
recommended by Dr. Robert Ryland, President of Richmond College,
and by John A. Broadus of the University of Virginia. Henson was
soon gain-
Proceedings, p.
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