Carrie Tuggle

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Carrie Tuggle

Carrie A. Tuggle (born May 28, 1858 in Eufaula; died November 5, 1924) was the founder of Tuggle Institute.

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.

The institute was well-regarded and was made part of Birmingham City Schools in 1926. The present Tuggle Elementary School is the continuation of her early efforts.

Tuggle, a noted leader in the Courts of Calanthe organization, also founded the Rising Sons and Daughters of Protection. She was posthumously inducted into the Birmingham Business Hall of Fame in 2023.


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