vided that only twelve trustees could be from out of state and only
four could be non-Baptists. It also stipulated that the president of
Wake Forest would always be nominated by a committee of North
Carolina Baptists.
The next day Freeman's motion to delay was defeated, and Starnes
and Hobbs presented their amended version of the proposal. It was
declared acceptable by G. Maurice Hill of Drexel, vice president of
the Wake Forest Board of Trustees. Numerous speeches were made in
its support, including an impassioned plea by Rev. Claude U. Broach.
Rev. Howard Ford of Wilmington, who was a candidate for the
presidency of the convention, jeopardized his election by speaking for
the new language. Others joining him were Kenneth Wilson of Mount
Airy, James Potter of Charlotte, and Coy C. Carpenter, dean of the
Bowman Gray School of Medicine. Owens and Freeman again
directed the opposition.
When the vote came, taken with the messengers standing for the
"ayes" and "nays," it was a crushing defeat for Wake Forest: 1,628
votes for the proposal and I,io6 against. The college had missed the
two-thirds majority by 194 votes. Dr. Tribble and Chaplain Hol-
lingsworth, both of whom had worked themselves to the point of
exhaustion, were shocked and stunned.
One of the great news photos of that fall was a shot, widely re-
produced in newspapers across the state, showing Tribble with head
bowed, sorrowing, the lines of frustration etched on his normally
stolid visage. He recovered sufficiently to tell the messengers
manfully that ". . . we accept the action of the convention." Amidst
rumors that a new proposal would be offered a year later, he headed
for home.
On Interstate 40 just outside Winston-Salem, his car was met by a
caravan of students and escorted to the campus, which was lined by a
thousand cheering supporters. The procession went to Wait Chapel,
where Dr. Tribble said that Wake Forest hadn't won but hadn't really
lost, that the winning of a majority of the votes had been a team
victory. "I wish very much that all of our friends could know the real
spirit of the student body at Wake Forest. If they could see what is
demonstrated here today, we would not have the criticism and
sometimes untrue statements concerning Wake Forest that have hurt
us in so many respects…. I want to thank you all once again. I love
you and thank God for you all."
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