All Tuesday, people flooded into Mt. Hope Cemetery in New York state to visit Susan B. Anthony’s grave. Back on November 8, 1872, the iconic feminist advocate and 14 other women were arrested after illegally casting ballots. It wasn’t until 1920 that women had the right to vote. While visiting Anthony’s gravesite has become somewhat of a tradition on Election Day, this year’s race with Hillary Clinton has brought people from all over wanting to pay their respects for Anthony’s suffragist work.
According to Rochester First, a long line wrapped around the cemetery with people waiting to leave their “I Voted Stickers,” flowers, and other tokens of their appreciation. Some people say they even waited longer in the cemetery line than they did to vote.
For those that weren’t able to join the festivities in Rochester, New York, they could tune in via News 8 WROC Rochester’s Facebook Live videos. As of Tuesday evening, the page’s first video had over 1.6 million views.
Because Facebook Live has a cap of four hours, News 8 has continued the broadcast in a new post. Even with the sun having gone down, people are still honoring Anthony.
Many people also shared on social media the pictures from their visit. Nicole Reisig wrote in her Instagram caption, “This was truly an honor to be able to put my sticker on her grave … I voted today because of women like her.”
Mt. Hope Cemetery typically closes at 5:30 p.m. Eastern, but for Election Day, people can visit until the polls close.
The gravesite’s popularity just shows how many people appreciate everything that Anthony fought for. And while back in the day women were simply vying for the right to vote, today people are getting to watch the first women from a major party possibly become the next president.Photos via Twitter