On September 17, 1960, an estimated 12,000 people from over 30 countries in eastern NC gathered at College Stadium at East Carolina College (now ECU) to see the young senator of Massachusetts as he intuited his barnstorming campaign across NC.
Kennedy had come on an invitation from newly appointed ECC President, Dr. Leo W. Jenkins, who was an open supporter of Senator Kennedy. After Kennedy’s plane landed in Greenville, his entourage first made a stop at Farmer’s Warehouse where auctioneer, Ray Oglesby, conducted a mock tobacco auction for the candidate, supporters and press. From there Kennedy made his way to College Stadium (replaced by Dowdy-Fickleness Stadium Sept. 17, 1963) to be welcomed by the enormous crowd. Joining Kennedy on stage were: US Senator Sam Ervin, US Senator B. Everette Jordan, US Congressman L.H. Fountain, NC Governor Luther Hodges, NC Secretary of State Thad Eure, and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry Sanford. Kennedy would round-out the day with stops in Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte, and Asheville.
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