conducted a week-long preaching mission on the campus at the
invitation of the church and the BSU. A year later Dr. Billy Graham
was the featured speaker in chapel, his first of several visits to the
campus. In February 1952 Dr. Robert Lee Humber of Greenville and
Dr. Swan Haworth, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Lumberton,
addressed such subjects as "Beliefs that Matter" and "The Christian in
Politics" in a religious-emphasis program that covered several days.
Later in the month Mrs. J. Winston Pearce of Durham conducted
seminars on "Youth Looks at Christian Marriage." These were typical
of the religious highlights over the years.
A campus uproar was created in the summer of 1953 when Rev.
Samuel H. W. Johnston, pastor of the North Rocky Mount Baptist
Church, attacked Wake Forest and the University of Richmond as
institutions which were not "morally acceptable." To support his
charges, he gave the floor to Howard Wallace, a Rocky Mount busi-
nessman, who said he had heard that whisky was hauled into Wake
Forest dormitories "by the truckload," and Floyd Holmes, a 1951
Wake Forest graduate, who testified that drinking at fraternity dances
was "deplorable." Johnston also objected to a Wake Forest visit by
Dr. Robert J. McCracken, pastor of New York's Riverside Church,
whom Johnston anathematized as a liberal. Johnston threatened to
resign his pastorate unless his church withdrew from the Southern
Baptist Convention which, he said, was supporting Wake Forest and
Rev. Douglas M. Branch, pastor of the First Baptist Church in
Rocky Mount and president of the Baptist State Convention, told
Johnston that the southern body did not in fact support either school,
and Dr. Tribble said that McCracken was a guest of the Wake Forest
Baptist Church, not of the college. In any case, he said, McCracken's
appearances were "a vital and rewarding series of services in which
the Gospel of Redemption through Jesus Christ was proclaimed in a
winsome and impressive manner." He invited Johnston to come to the
campus for a personal inspection and added, "I am amazed that
anyone who proposes to serve the cause of the Kingdom of God
would give support to malicious rumors and irresponsible criticism
without first investigating the situation at the college.." 10
With the move to Winston-Salem Dr. J. Glenn Blackburn, who had
been pastor of the church on the old campus, was called to the
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