It’s Election Day, and dozens, if not hundreds of citizens in Rochester, New York, are doing their best to honor one of our country’s best-known suffragettes. People are lined up at the Mount Hope Cemetery in the historic district of Rochester waiting to adhere their “I voted” stickers to Susan B. Anthony’s grave, something that Rochester’s WROC has been broadcasting in a weirdly riveting and unsurprisingly emotional Facebook Live video.
As of this post, about 10,000 people are currently streaming the video, and hopefully reading up on Anthony, who was both an outspoken suffragette and an abolitionist. She was one of the first women to ever attempt to vote, in 1872, and also went before Congress every single year from 1869 to 1906 asking them to consider an amendment allowing women to vote. The 19th Amendment finally passed in 1920, 14 years after Anthony’s death.
The cemetery normally closes at 5 p.m., but will be open until 9 p.m., when the polls close in New York, so that late voters can add their sticker to the masses. According to the Democrat & Chronicle, workers will occasionally remove the stickers from the stone throughout the day “so the marker isn’t overloaded.”