Sarah “Sally” Merriam’s religious conversion in 1813 led to her transformation from the daughter of a New England merchant farmer to the wife and partner of Baptist minister and Wake Forest founder Samuel Wait. In the journal she kept during their three-year courtship, Sally agonized about the state of her salvation and spiritual calling through the lens of her potential marriage to Samuel. Sally’s writings provide a road map to her decision-making process, and reveal the complex dynamics of an evangelical courtship during the Second Great Awakening. Although she played an important role in the foundation of Wake Forest, Sally Wait’s story has, until now, remained largely untold.
Mary Tribble (‘82) is Senior Advisor for Engagement Strategies in the Wake Forest University Alumni Office. She is the great-great-great-great-great granddaughter of Samuel Wait, and the great niece of former college president Harold Tribble.
Thursday, September 14 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Z. Smith Reynolds Library, 404
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106