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it continued a high school until August 14, 1922, when it became a
junior college. Through all its years it has been a most valuable
auxiliary school to Wake Forest College.
A movement to establish a school, which was not completed, was
started by the Brier Creek Association in 1854, when it passed a
resolution for a school of high character and appointed a committee
which went so far as to select a site for it. The Association, meeting
the last week of September, 1855, made a proposition to the Yadkin
Association, which met a week later that the two Associations
cooperate in establishing and supporting a school, to which the
Yadkin Association readily agreed. But the plan was abandoned,
probably because it was thought that the United Baptist Institute at
Taylorsville, which was just beginning its work, was sufficient
In the one Report on Education in the minutes of the Green River
Association, that of 1858, the United Baptist Institute is recom-
mended. The minutes of the King's Mountain Association for these
years are devoid of reference to Associational schools; the same is
true of the minutes of the Pee Dee Association. Writing in the Biblical
Recorder of March 17, 1859, a contributor, already quoted on "a
Pedobaptist leak" at the United Baptist Institute, complains that the
Baptists of the Pee Dee Association, were ready enough to contribute
to an institution which was to be non-sectarian, but which finally
came under the control of the Methodists, and yet would not
contribute a dime to Wake Forest College and did not take any
measures toward establishing a school to prepare students for it.
Biblical Recorder, March 8, 1855, and minutes of Yadkin Association for
1855. The Yadkin Association Report on education for that year was written by
James H. Foote. In it he points out the danger of allowing Pedobaptist schools to
educate the children of Baptists, closing his report in these words: "But the church is
not only robbed of its funds, but of those active and talented minds, which if they
had been properly trained or educated, would have contributed much to the building
up of the only true Church of Christ. Your Committee are of the opinion that this
custom many Baptists have fallen into is the most suicidal policy to our church and
the cause of Christ, and we would earnestly entreat them to pursue such a course no
longer, for the good of themselves, their children, and above all, for the sake of the
great Truth revealed in the Gospel."
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