Born: Sep­tem­ber 11, 1891, Sa­lem, North Ca­ro­li­na.

Died: De­cem­ber 1, 1956, Win­ston-Salem, North Ca­ro­li­na, short­ly af­ter be­ing elect­ed a bi­shop in the Mo­ra­vi­an church.

Buried: Sa­lem Mo­ra­vi­an Grave­yard, Win­ston-Sa­lem, North Ca­ro­li­na.


Doug­las was the son of George Hanes Rights and Em­ma Lou­ise Jones, and hus­band of Ce­cil Le­o­na Bur­ton.

He gra­du­at­ed from the Sa­lem Boys School (1905); the Un­i­ver­si­ty of North Ca­ro­li­na (AB 1913); the Mo­ra­vi­an The­o­lo­gic­al Se­mi­na­ry in Beth­le­hem, Penn­syl­van­ia (1915); and the Di­vin­i­ty School of Har­vard Un­i­ver­si­ty (Ba­che­lor of Sac­red The­ol­o­gy, 1916).

He was or­dained in 1916 and served at the First Mo­ra­vi­an Church in Greens­bo­ro, North Ca­ro­li­na. In 1918, he be­came an Ar­my chap­lain, and in 1919, pas­tor of the Tr­in­ity Mo­ra­vi­an Church in Sa­lem, where he stayed the rest of his life.

The Un­i­ver­si­ty of North Ca­ro­li­na at Cha­pel Hill has an ar­chae­o­lo­gi­cal col­lect­ion named af­ter Rights.