“Like a Child That Had Been Unfaithful”

Stephen R. Haynes

in The Last Segregated Hour

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780195395051
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979288 | DOI:
“Like a Child That Had Been Unfaithful”

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This chapter begins by reviewing the relative progress made by Memphis in the quest for black civil rights prior to 1964. It goes on to recount the history of Second Presbyterian Church, which was founded in downtown Memphis in 1844 and moved to the suburbs in 1949. Emphasis is placed on the pastorate of Henry E. “Jeb” Russell, brother of U. S. Senator Richard B. Russell, who was senior minister at the church in 1964. The chapter then traces the history of Southwestern Presbyterian University (later Southwestern College and, after 1984, Rhodes College) and its complicated relationship with conservative Presbyterians in the region, exemplified by the heresy trial of President Charles E. Diehl. Finally, the “church-college nexus” is explored, particularly the tensions that were present on the eve of the kneel-in crisis at Second Presbyterian in which Southwestern students were prominent participants.

Keywords: Memphis; Second Presbyterian Church; Southwestern College; Henry E. Russell; Charles E. Diehl

Chapter.  6188 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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