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This Day in Georgia History

September 16, 1866

Carrie Parks Johnson Born

Women’s religious leader Carrie Parks Johnson was born in Georgia. After graduating from LaGrange Female College in 1883, she married a Methodist preacher. In 1910, she became active in the Methodist Church as a founding member of the Women’s Missionary Council (WMC), chaired its Laity Committee, and served as a member of the Methodist General Board of Missions. Johnson promoted laity rights for women and was elected a delegate to the Methodist Church’s 1922 general conference. In 1920, she chaired the WMC’s Commission on Race Relations. Later that year, she began working with black women to promote interracial cooperation - a principle she was committed to until her death in 1929.