American voters are heading to Susan B. Anthony’s grave at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, N.Y. to pay homage to the late suffragette on Election Day 2016.
Anthony, one of the faces of the women’s suffrage movement in America, was arrested in Rochester in 1872 for casting an illegal vote there. Though Anthony died in 1906, 14 years before women were given the right to vote in America, people are leaving a symbolic tribute — their “I Voted” stickers on her headstone.
“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,” Rochester’s Mayor Lovely A. Warren stated.
With Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton serving as the first female nominee of a major party, the turnout at Mount Hope Cemetery has been especially heavy. Cemetery hours have been extended to 9 p.m. today to give more people time to pay their respects, according to CBS News.
“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 said.
“Women are flocking to Susan B Anthony’s NY State gravesite, leaving their ‘I Voted’ stickers on headstone, in honor of historic election,” 6ABC anchor Tamala Edwards tweeted.
Others, such as New York Times reporter Sarah Maslin Nir, tweeted video of the long lines leading to the burial site.
Women are flocking to Susan B Anthony's NY State gravesite, leaving their "I Voted" stickers on headstone, in honor of historic election pic.twitter.com/bXZTjrdCKD
— Tamala Edwards (@TamEdwards6abc) November 8, 2016
The scene at Susan B. Anthony's grave. And it's a scene. pic.twitter.com/mgQNwmsB9f
— Sarah Maslin Nir (@SarahMaslinNir) November 8, 2016
— Patrick Thornton (@pwthornton) November 8, 2016