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Hundreds of Voters Visit Susan B. Anthony’s Grave After City Extends Visiting Hours on Election Day

By Staff

 

i-voted-because-of-her-sticker-on-bkgroundHundreds of voters lined up to visit Susan B. Anthony’s gravesite at Mt. Hope Cemetery Tuesday, following Mayor Lovely Warren’s decision to extend visiting hours Friday, so that voters could leave their “I Voted Today,” stickers on celebratory markers at the grave.

Anthony, a Rochester resident, led the woman’s suffrage movement in the early part of the 20th century, and had been arrested and convicted of illegal voting in 1872.

She died in 1906, 14 years before women won the right to vote.

“Visiting Susan B. Anthony’s gravesite has become an election day rite of passage for many citizens in Rochester, and with this year’s historically significant election, it seems right to extend that opportunity until the polls close,” Mayor Warren stated. “We are proud of the unique legacy in the fight for equality that Ms. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and others have given our city, and I can imagine she would have wanted to be a part of the significant history this year’s election holds for women. It’s only proper that we invite Ms. Anthony to be a part of this important moment.”

Visitors will have the option of placing their stickers on commemorative boards at the site, and will receive a special commemorative sticker in its place Tuesday, while supplies last, officials said.

“My hope is that everyone in our city will exercise their hard-fought right to vote in this historic election, and I am excited that we can include Susan B. Anthony in that vote,” Warren stated. “Beyond Tuesday, and regardless of the election’s outcome, I encourage every citizen of Rochester to continue Susan B. Anthony’s legacy by continuing the fight for equality.”

Cemetery hours have been extended from 7:30 a.m. until the polls close at 9 p.m. on Nov. 8, and visitors have been asked to enter through the cemetery’s north gate near the site.

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