Susan B. Anthony: A Sticker Salute to Universal Suffrage

By Emily Bishop

Susan B. Anthony’s Headstone

Well known suffragette Susan B. Anthony’s final resting place lies in one of the earliest modern burial grounds, Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York. It’s there on the first Tuesday of November every year you’ll see a popular Rochester voting tradition. Beginning as early as 2014 women have been honoring Susan B. Anthony’s fight for women’s suffrage on election day by placing their “I Voted” on her headstone. Having never been able to legally vote herself, in 2016 with the democratic presidential candidate being a woman, more specifically Hillary Clinton, the gravesite saw a large influx of visitors and received national recognition.

Susan B. Anthony’s headstone after early voting began during the 2020 election.

The hundredth anniversary of the nineteenth amendments’ passage and ratification recently occurred in 2019-2020. With another influx of visitors to the gravesite expected, Mount Hope Cemetary caretakers made recent changes to this annual Rochester tradition. In order to protect Susan B. Anthony’s grave stone, Mount Hope Cemetery placed plexiglass protectors over Susan B Anthony and her sister Mary S. Anthony’s gravestones to protect the stones themselves while still allowing visitors to place stickers on them. During less busy years, voters place their stickers upon a small laminated sign asking the stickers not be placed on the stone.

Sources:

Ben Guarino, “Susan B. Anthony died without the right to vote. Now people are covering her tombstone in ‘I voted’ stickers,” Business Insights Essentials, 8 November 2016

Natalie Kucko, “Carrying on Election Day tradition, voters place stickers at gravesite of Susan B. Anthony,” WHAM, 3 November 2020

Steve Orr, “Susan B. Anthony Grave Attracts Hundreds,” Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 7 November 2020

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