Statue of Laura Haviland in Adrian Michigan ( has recently been put into storage since City Hall was removed, a future site for her statue has not yet been determined )
Located in front of Adrian City Hall, at the intersection of M-52 and Church Streets.
This statue was dedicated June 24, 1909.
On the front, engraved in the marble: LAURA SMITH HAVILAND. On a bronze plate below her name is inscribed:
Erected By The
Adrian Woman’s Christian
I was thirsty and ye gave me drink.
Matthew IIV 35
On the right side, engraved in the marble: 1808. On a bronze plate below the date of her birth is inscribed:
A Tribute to a Life Consecrated
To the Betterment of Humanity.
In 1839 She Established The
Raisin Institute of Learning.
Fearlessly She Combated
Slavery With a Firm Reliance On
Divine Protection, Devoting Time And
Means to Assist Those Escaping
On the left side, engraved in the marble: 1898. On a bronze plate below the date of her death is inscribed:
During the Civil War She Nursed
The Sick And Wounded in Southern
Hospitals And on Battlefields.
Her Memory Is Revered By Our
She Founded the State Public
School for Dependent Children
At Coldwater. The Industrial
Home for Girls at Adrian Owes
Much to Her Efforts.
In 1997, in front of Laura’s statue is a wooden marker that reads:
Historic Women of Michigan
150 Years 1837-1987
Dedicated in Honor of The
Contributions of Michigan
Women to this State’s
Placed by the Michigan Women’s Studies
Association and the Directors of the
Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.
The marker continues:
Laura Smith Haviland
A woman of quiet and gentle persuasion, Laura Haviland was a pioneer social activist who devoted her life to others. In 1837 she cofounded with her husband, Charles,
the Raisin Institute, one of the first schools in the country to admit black students, and she organized one of the first stations on the underground railroad in Michigan.
As Superintendent and Stationmaster on the underground railroad, Laura Haviland aided between forty and one hundred thousand slaves who used this route
to freedom. After the Civil War, Laura Haviland became an officer in the Freedman’s Aid Society, and assisted in the relocation and adjustment of former slaves
in Kansas. She also worked for the temperance movement and helped to establish state schools for dependent children in Coldwater and Adrian.