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numerous committees, which continued efforts for several years, they
were unable to arouse any great amount of interest or even to secure
attendance on meetings called for discussion of the matter.19
The Liberty was another Association that established a high school.
This Association, whose churches were centered around Lexington,
had shown very little interest in education until 1852, when the matter
was brought forcibly to its attention by N. J. Palmer, a visiting
delegate from the Beulah Association, in a most vigorous resolution
calling for support of denominational schools, Wake Forest College,
and the male and female academies and seminaries. This resolution
was unanimously adopted. At the Association two years later, a
committee reporting on Education spoke with pride of the existing
schools, and went on to declare that Preparatory and Elementary
Schools were needed in the bounds of every Association, and that if
the Baptists were to maintain their ground they must keep pace with
the age in which they were living.20 In 1854 the matter was again
before the Association, and a report generally endorsing schools was
read but no action was taken. In 1855, following the recommendation
of a committee consisting of Thos. H. Yarboro, Wm. Lambeth, I. A.
Parks and A. Williams, the Association voted to extend their
patronage and encouragement to a school near Reed's Cross Roads
and appointed a Board of Trustees.
The above is all that is found in the minutes with reference to this
school, but the silence of the minutes regarding it and other
indications show that the Association soon lost interest in it. In the
Report on Education for the year 1857 nothing was said of it; in that
of 1858 the committee recommended support of our denominational
high schools, both male and female; in that of 1859 mention is made
of Beulah Male Institute as worthy of liberal patronage. A writer in
the Biblical Recorder of March 17, 1859, says that a school, which
was named Union Academy, was built by Methodists and Baptists
and soon became a sort of union neighborhood school. Commenting
on the lack of interest thus shown in
19 Taylor, History of the Tar River Association, p. 23; Biblical Recorder,
November 18, 1853; September 7, 21, 1854; October 18, 1855.
20 This committee was James Wiseman, A. Williams, and J. Redwine.