80 THE HISTORY OF WAKE FOREST COLLEGE
(Reynolds had made another provision in his will to assure
continued support of Wake Forest. He created a trust, most of whose
income would be payable to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the
principal benefactor of Wake Forest.)
President Truman, making the sixth official visit by an American
president to North Carolina, used the beribboned platform for the
delivery of a major foreign-policy address. In it he said that "we are
ready now, as we have always been, to sit down with the Soviet
Union… in the United Nations and work together for lifting the
burden of armaments and securing peace."
Although the bulk of his speech was addressed to the world, Mr.
Truman showed that he had been well briefed on the history of Wake
Forest. He recalled that the college was "almost strangled at birth" in
the North Carolina Senate by the 29-29 vote on its charter. The tie
was broken in favor of Wake Forest by the presiding officer. "Think
what this means," Mr. Truman said. "If there had been one more
negative vote, there might never have been a Wake Forest College-
with all that it has meant to North Carolina and the nation. You might
never have had such great leaders as the presidents of this college-
men like W. L. Poteat, who did so much to defend our freedom of
thought, or Thurman Kitchin, who built undiscouraged through
depression and war. There might have been no opportunity for men
like Harold Tribble to lead this institution into an era of greater
service to humanity."
The President closed his twenty-minute address with Biblical ci-
My last word to this college, therefore, is an injunction to remember the
words the Lord said to Moses on the shores of the Red Sea: "Why criest
thou unto me? Speak to the children of Israel, that they go forward." For
when the accounts of history are rendered it is the going forward that
constitutes the record….
Armed with the faith and hope that made this college and this country
great, you may declare in the words of King David: "Through God we shall
After a short prayer of dedication by Rev. George D. Heaton, pastor
of Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, Mr. Truman, Judge
Hubert E. Olive (as president of the Board of Trustees), Odus M. Mull
(as chairman of the Planning Committee), and Dr.