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November 07, 2016

After trying to vote in 1872, Susan B. Anthony was sent to jail in her hometown of Rochester, New York. She was arrested, tried and convicted of “illegal voting,” but that didn't stop her.

Anthony spent the rest of her life working for the suffrage movement.

Although she died in 1906, before the passage of the 19th amendment, Anthony remains a monumental figure in feminist history.

This election day, the Rochester cemetery where Anthony is buried will extend its hours in honor of the suffragist (and the first woman nominated by a major political party for president).

The cemetery, which usually closes at 5:30 p.m. will remain open until 9 p.m. on Tuesday night to allow visitors to pay tribute at Anthony’s grave. Visitors are encouraged to bring flashlights after dark.

“Visiting Susan B. Anthony's gravesite has become an Election Day rite of passage for many citizens,” Rochester's mayor said in a statement. “With this year's historically significant election, it seems right to extend that opportunity until the polls close.”

Since early polls opened, voters have stopped by Anthony’s grave and left “I voted” stickers on her headstone. The headstone has since become covered with evidence of what would have been impossible 100 years ago.

Courtesy of Rochester CVB

Those looking to celebrate election day can also visit the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House or head further north to visit Seneca Falls, the site of the first women’s rights convention in the country, and the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.

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