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Photo courtesy of Arthur M. Carlton D’44

Front row, l to r: Norman Preston, Douglas McGuire, W.T. Medline, George Culbreth, Edwin Carter, Carl Judy, Marvin Boggs, Robert Mooney,William Albright.

Second row: Leon Stubbs, W.D. Caviness, Clyde Hendricks, Charles Shannon, Ben Musser, Robert Bame.

Third row: A.C. Kennedy, Ernest Phifer, Byron Cravens, Roland Rainwater,William Rock, J.J. Powell.

Fourth row: Linwood Stevenson, Jim Major, George Cole, Wayne McLain, Jack Cooke, James Allen Knight.

Fifth row (semi-circle): Gilbert Crutchfield, Mahlon Elliott, Arthur Carlton, George Needham, Unknown, Harris Kesler, Gilmer Wagoner,William Edwards, Charles Mercer, Archer Turner, Maness Mitchell, Delbert Byrum, Ralph John, Gene Purcell, Howard Pitts, and Dr. J.M. Ormond, director of rural life and the summer program.

Standing: Burnell Pannill, Howard Carroll, Clark Benson.

In the summer of 1942, Duke Divinity School placed 45 young men in rural Methodist churches across North Carolina with support from The Duke Endowment.

These summer apprenticeships were the brainchild of Duke President William Preston Few, who in 1926 recognized a win:win for rural Methodist churches and Duke’s graduate ministerial students.

The Duke Endowment-supported program, which began in the summer of 1927 with five students, provided rural churches with an infusion of youthful energy.The students, whose summer room and board were provided by the parish, returned to seminary with practical experience and a stipend ($400 in ’42) to see them through the next academic year.


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