New York State Senator John DeFrancisco and Harriet
May Mills (aka Rachel Crawford) outside the Harriet May Mills house.
In October, 2004, the Harriet May Mills house opened as a home for women
recovering from addictions. A few years earlier it had been scheduled for
demolition to make way for a car wash.
Harriet May Mills was a nationally renowned suffragette whose guests
included Frederick Douglass, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Eleanor Roosevelt and
Susan B. Anthony.
On June 28, 2000 Beth Crawford of PACNY presented Hillary Rodham Clinton,
then a candidate for the U.S. Senate, a copy of Harriet May Mills' biography
during a campaign stop in Syracuse. Eventually, $750,000 in state, federal, city
money was raised for this restoration effort.
Portrait of Harriet May Mills by Rachel Bulley Trump,
Courtesy NYS Fair, Harriet May Mills Memorial - Art & Home Center
Harriet May Mills was an important figure in the state and national woman's
suffrage movements. She was:
- President of the New York Suffrage Association
- Founder of the Onondaga County Women's Democratic Club,
- The first woman to run for Secretary of State in New York State in 1920.
Her 1860's brick Italianate home at 1072 West Genesee Street is situated on a
large lot on the NE corner of Liberty Street and West Genesee.