Carrie Elizabeth Merriweather was born July 28, 1881, in Carthage, Indiana. When she was 17 years old, she moved to Ohio and attended a Bible School. Merriweather enrolled at Nyack College & Seminary (The Missionary Training Institute) in 1910.
Carrie answered her call to missions upon completion of NYACK and began her ministry in Sierra Leone in 1913 with the C & MA mission organization. She was the first female African-American missionary to be sent by the C&MA. Around 1918, Carrie fell ill and had to leave Sierra Leone.
Though she left Africa, her passion was to open her home to people as much as possible to encourage them to follow the Lord despite their fear if they were being called to work in Africa.
Carrie passed away on March 20, 1931.