February 27: Happy Birthday! Carrie Watkins Rich


Carrie Watkins Rich was born in Forsyth County, near Clemmons, in 1863 to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Watkins.  She spent most of her life in Winston-Salem, and attended Salem College.

She married D. Rich in 1889 in the First Baptist Church.  D. Rich was treasurer of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

Carrie was very active in the work of the First Baptist Church, particularly in the Woman’s Missionary Union, the Young Woman’s Auxiliary, as teacher of the Fidelis Class in Sunday School, and as leader of the Fannie Heck Circle of the Missionary Society.  She was president of the YWCA during the time plans were made for a new building.

Carrie passed away in 1916.

Photo courtesy of Forsyth County Public Library Photograph Collection.

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