Voters honor Susan B. Anthony’s grave site

Politics

As an Election Day tradition for many years, voters are visiting the grave site of Susan B. Anthony in Rochester again on Tuesday.

It was 146 years ago yesterday that Anthony illegally voted in the presidential election, resulting in her arrest.

Voters visit her grave site at Mount Hope Cemetery to place their “I Voted’ stickers on her gravestone in remembrance. Despite the wind and rain Tuesday, the tradition continued.

Susan B. Anthony’s grave site in Mt. Hope Cemetery was covered in “I Voted” stickers today as it was in 2016 when hundreds showed up to show appreciation. People of all ages showed up today to say thank you. 

“This is my first time voting as a New York resident,” said Lissa Reed, now a Rochester resident. “It’s especially cool to be in this place, where I can be a part of the history. ” 

That history is well known to Rachel Anne Penlon, a native Rochestarian who votes every year, but she says this year is for the first time as herself. “This is the first day I’ve been able to vote using my true identity.” 

Susan B. Anthony played a vital role in the women’s suffrage movement and her commitment to social equality solidified her legacy. 

Katie Banta has three children that are all five and under. “I wanted them to see how many people also put their stickers on the grave,” said Banta, bringing her children to the grave on election day for the first time, “So that they can see we’re not the only ones talking about it.” 

She is inspiring the next generation of voters. “I hope it’s special to them. It’s important to me.”

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