Elizabeth Blackwell statue

Sarah Hopkins Bradford (1818-1912) is another prominent figure in the history of women’s rights. A famous children’s book author who lived in Geneva, she was known for her “Sunday School” books that taught moral lessons to youngsters. In the late 1860s, when Harriet Tubman was struggling to keep her house in Auburn, her supporters came up with a plan to find a skilled writer to write Tubman’s biography and give the proceeds to Tubman. Bradford became that biographer and formed a close friendship with Tubman. Bradford’s Geneva home at 629 South Main Street is now the admission office for Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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