This NBC World News report shows President Truman’s 1951 visit to Winston-Salem to break ground for the new Wake Forest College campus. Many familiar local landmarks and people, running time is 4:17.

Many thanks to my Reynolds High School classmate Susan Steere Burroughs…her son Alex made the find.

Truman was the first US President to visit Winston-Salem since George Washington came to Salem in 1791. Some still pics from Truman’s visit:


Crowd and “limos” awaiting President Truman’s arrival at Smith Reynolds Airport


The President’s plane, not yet known as “Air Force One”, lands.



The President emerges


The cavalcade to Reynolda begins. The President shakes hands with Wake Forest president Harold Tribble while Governor Kerr Scott looks on.


Vaughn Gray and Gordon Gray were also a part of the cavalcade. Gordon Gray was, at the time, a special assistant to the President


Secret service and local law enforcement officers outside Reynolda while the President is treated to a luncheon inside


Inside Reynolda, a photo op. Identified are Dr. Tribble (2nd from left), Charles Babcock,  Judge Hubert Olive (president of the Wake board of trustees), and, far right, Bowman Gray, Jr. The unidentified man at left looks like a Gray to me. Which one? And since it is 1951, women were to be seen but not heard. I’ll bet some sharp eyed visitor can identify both. Please do.


The groundbreaking. Charles Babcock at left, Judge Olive and Dr. Tribble, far right. Again I’ll bet that someone can tell us who the unidentified man between the Judge and Dr. Tribble was. Not surprisingly, another of my high school classmates, Skip Stanley, has correctly identified the man 2nd from the right as Sam Ervin, at the time an associate justice of the NC Supreme Court. Three years later Ervin began a twenty year run in the US Senate. He died in Winston-Salem on April 23, 1985 and is buried in Morganton.

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