Education: Decision at Sewanee

As the regents of the Episcopal-controlled University of the South,* popularly known as Sewanee, filed into their annual meeting one day last June, they knew it was to be no ordinary occasion. Usually their problems had been routine, for in all its 95 years, nothing much had ever ruffled the peaceful campus on the Cumberland plateau of Tennessee. But this time, the regents had a ticklish vote to take: Should they abide by the recommendation of the Fourth Province Synod and admit Negroes to the School of Theology? After hours of debate, the regents voted no.

The campus promptly erupted with protests,...

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