Sadie P Delaney

Sadie Johnson, as she was known before marriage, moved from Rochester, NY to Poughkeepsie in 1899 when she was 10.  Her parents moved to Poughkeepsie as her father got a job, eventually becoming sexton at Poughkeepsie's Episcopal Church, St. Paul's on Mansion Square.

In the just over 20 years she lived in Poughkeepsie, Miss Johnson attended Poughkeepsie High School. She was an active member of the AME Zion Metropolitan Church on Smith Street. In 1914, during a meeting of the Dutchess County Equal Suffrage League at the Church, Miss Johnson read a poem she had written entitled, "A Suffrage Call."

She became world famous for her work at Tuskegee Veterans Administration, where she expanded the professional practice of bibliotheraphy, the use of books in healing,

Elsewhere on this page you will find a "My Day" column about her written by Eleanor Roosevelt in 1957, and other profiles.

The Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library at Poughkeepsie's Family Partnership Center is named for her.

Sadie P Johnson is shown receiving an honorary Doctorate from Atlanta University.