Carrie, the daughter of a Mohawk chief and a former slave, married John Tuggle in Eufaula. The couple had four children before relocating the family to Montgomery, and then to Birmingham around 1898. She found employment as a welfare officer. Through her efforts a separate Jefferson County Juvenile and Domestic Court was created. She also determined to found an orphanage for young black children. She opened Tuggle Institute, a combined residence and school, on September 3, 1903. She served as headmistress until her death in 1924. She was buried under a limestone marker on the school campus.
- "Mrs. Carrie A. Tuggle" obituary (1924) - via Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections
- "Memory of Carrie Tuggle To Be Honored With Plaque" (February 6, 1954) Birmingham Post-Herald - via Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections
- "History of Carrie A. Tuggle School" (c. 1982) Birmingham Board of Education
- Ragan, Larry (June 1, 1991) "Educators & Humanitarians". True Tales of Birmingham series. The Birmingham News/Birmingham Post-Herald
- Carrie A. Tuggle profile at the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame