Bankrupt at the nadir of the Depression, without a home, and with barely enough money to move its library and office furniture, the college became in thirteen years the largest liberal arts college in Tennessee.
With the enactment of GI Bill at the end of World War II, the college was virtually forced to find a new location and build a new campus.
And just last year, a church in Kentucky banned interracial couples from membership.
In our collective memory, interracial marriage has only existed for 45 years.
Jones later recalled that in 1924, his friend William Jennings Bryan had leaned over to him at a Bible conference service in Winona Lake, Indiana, and said, "If schools and colleges do not quit teaching evolution as a fact, we are going to become a nation of atheists." While he himself was not a college graduate, Jones grew determined to found a college, and on September 12, 1927, he opened Bob Jones College in Panama City, Florida, with 88 students.
Jones said that although he had been averse to naming the school after himself, his friends overcame his reluctance "with the argument that the school would be called by that name because of my connection with it, and to attempt to give it any other name would confuse the people." Bob Jones took no salary from the college and helped support the school with personal savings and income from his evangelistic campaigns. The Florida land boom had peaked in 1925, and a hurricane in September 1926 further reduced land values. Bob Jones College barely survived bankruptcy and its move to Cleveland, Tennessee in 1933.
Although it was legal in some states before 1967, only 9 states never enacted such laws.
Even in those states where it was legal, people stayed within their own groups.
Nevertheless, Jones's move to Cleveland proved extraordinarily advantageous.
As law professor Bennett Capers has termed it, “white letter law” is invisible but still powerful. People date and marry with friends and family in mind.
Black letter law is found in statutes, codes, legislation, and court cases — it is written in the books and is easy to locate. Community reprisal could be a big factor, as blacks and whites may fear reactions from their home communities about their choice of partner.
It has approximately 2,500 students, and it is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.
The university's athletic teams, the Bruins, compete in Division II of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).
South Carolina and Alabama did not officially amend their laws until 19, respectively, and not without resistance.