WCU to Host Carey Day Celebrations

Hattiesburg, Miss., August 13, 2013 - Celebrations of the 252nd birthday of Dr. William Carey, the “Father of Modern Missions” and William Carey University’s namesake will be held at 18 sites throughout the month. Carey was born on August 17, 1761, and each year, as part of Worldwide Carey Day, the university hosts gatherings and encourages alumni, students, and others associated with the university to honor his life.

WCU President Dr. Tommy King, and his wife, Sandra, will host  two High Tea celebrations in the President’s Meeting Room in Wilkes Hall on the Hattiesburg Campus. The first gathering is for WCU alumni and will be held at 9-10 a.m. The second gathering is for WCU faculty and staff and will be held at 10-11 a.m. Drs. Bennie Crockett and Myron Noonkester, co-directors of the Center for the Study of the Life and Work of William Carey (1761-1834), will make remarks about Carey, his life and the Center.

For more information, contact Cindy Cofield, director of alumni relations, at (601) 318-6561 or

Pictured is the “Carey Turns to the World” statue, which is located in front of the Sarah Gillespie Museum on the Hattiesburg Campus. The statue, which depicts William Carey as a young man heading to India for missionary work, was added to the campus and dedicated in 2011 as part of the celebration of Carey’s 250th birthday.