Carrie Steele Logan, 1829-1900
Founder of the Black Orphanage of Atlanta
Carrie Steele Logan was born a slave in 1829 in Georgia. While a slave, Logan learned to read and write. After emancipation she worked as a matron for the Macon train depot for sixteen years and as a maid for the Central of Georgia Railway at Atlanta Union Station for twenty years.
She came in contact daily with suffering African-American children who were alone. She wanted to take care of them and would keep them in a railroad car during the day while she worked, and began taking them home with her at night. She wanted to build a place to care for all the children. To finance her vision she wrote her autobiography and sold it. She also sold her house and solicited donations from the community.
Eventually, Logan built a three story brick home on a spacious campus where she could house, train, and educate as many as fifty children at a time. The home was dedicated June 20, 1892, and has served more than 20,000 children. It is possibly the oldest organization of its type in the country. The home is now known as the Carrie Steele-Pitts Home. Pitts served as orphanage director from 1909 to 1950.
Carrie Steele Logan was inducted into Georgia Women of Achievement in 1998 for her contribution to the welfare of children.