Less than a month later Dr. Wingate M. Johnson wrote in the
Biblical Recorder that he had discerned a "well-organized campaign"
to sabotage the move to Winston-Salem. He said North Carolina
Baptists could not keep their self-respect "if they repudiate the solemn
legal and moral obligations" they had assumed.
This disenchantment was coupled with rumors that the Reynolds
interests were so disappointed with Baptist bickering that they might
withdraw from the Wake Forest contract. To scotch such fears,
William Neal Reynolds sent the following message to the Baptist
State Convention in the spring of 1950:
The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Incorporated, party to an agree-
ment entered into with the trustees of Wake Forest College providing
for the removal of Wake Forest College to a site in or near the City of
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which agreement was approved by
the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina on July 30, 1946,
desires to express:
First, its satisfaction with progress made as of this date in the program to
secure funds and commitments for the purpose of complying with the terms
of the aforesaid agreement;
Second, its pleasure at the possibility of a sale of the Wake Forest College
campus and buildings at Wake Forest, North Carolina, to the Southern
Baptist Convention for use as a seminary, in the belief that such a
transaction will both hasten the removal program of the college to Winston-
Salem and create general satisfaction among North Carolinians in bringing
to the historic Wake Forest campus another educational institution of high
Third, its hope and belief that the program to secure adequate funds for
the purpose of complying with the conditions of the aforesaid agreement
will now be continued with renewed vigor and success so that the actual
construction of buildings on the new site may be begun at an early date;
Fourth, reassurance of its purpose to cooperate with the trustees of
Wake Forest in every possible way to aid them in their removal program
according to the terms of the aforesaid agreement.
Dr. Tribble was well aware of the stagnation that had taken hold of
fund-raising efforts, and from the moment of his arrival in Wake
Forest he devoted his energies to creating new momentum. In his first
year he spoke to eleven alumni groups, seven in North Carolina and
others in Philadelphia, Washington, Richmond, and Jack-
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