Ackland.s family promised a protracted fight over the will, and whatever support hat existed in the Duke community evaporated. In September 1941, the exec- utive conmuttee rejected Ackland's largesse. A prominent alumnus, state department official George V Allen, argued that Duke was making a costly mistake, but nothing came of it. Not much more is known about why Duke, in effect, detoured Ackland to Chapel Hill. Durden, who titled his 1988 article, "One Recumbent Too Many: Duke University and the Ackland Art Museum" (the three Dukes - who did not request burial in the chapel - all have recumbent statutes), said Perkins had care- fully kept his objection to the burial under wraps until late in the process; Durden said there have been no new revelations ince his article. Larson said Duke's coun- sel told him the rejection "was based mainly upon sentimental reasons." Bill King, the university'S archivist, is convinced control of the building was the overriding concern, and that interment was a side issue. Mter all, Terry Sanford ' 39 and some other former presidents, and other Duke prominems, are buried in a crypt beneath the chapel."I suspect [build- ing control] carried a good deal of weight with the trustees and the people dealing with the endowment," King said. He also believes "There's no question that if Few had lived, we'd have the art museum here." Soon after the Duke rejection, word got out in the popular press that Carolina had been on the short list. State Attorney General Harry McMullan '05 made the point to 0. Max Gardner '06, form.er governor and then a Washington lawyer, that it was clear that whatever else, Ack- land had intended to lie down in an art museunl sonlewhere.
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"UNC's professors are among the most dynamic people I have
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The month after Duke turned Ackland away, Larson met with Frank Porter
Grahanl '09 and Gardner, who took on
the legal work at no fee. They were in for
a long fight with Ackland's fanlliy and
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