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Commemorative Drinking Fountain of Laura Smith Haviland

The nominated object is a commemorative drinking fountain consisting of a life size sculpture of one of Michigan's leading citizens--Laura Smith Haviland. Dressed in her Quaker bonnet, holding a copy of her autobiography "A Woman's Life Work" in her right hand, she smiles gently down at those who come to drink. Bronze plaques on the base relate her heroic deeds. Haviland is remembered for her work as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. She and her husband are credited with founding the first integrated school in Michigan. Haviland was an out spoken advocate for African Americans both in Michigan and nationally. The drinking fountain was dedicated on June 24, 1909 by the residents of Adrian. Funds were raised from a variety of community sources including Haviland's family and the local chapter of the Women's Christian Temperance Union.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 100 East Churct Street, Adrian, 49221

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: City of Adrian

Location Type: Site

UGRR Operatives: Laura Smith Haviland