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Why is Susan B. Anthony’s gravestone covered in stickers?

Susan B. Anthony spent 60 years of her lifetime fighting to secure a woman’s right to vote, which was granted over a decade after her death at 86 in March 1906. “To think I have had more than sixty years of hard struggle for a little liberty, and then to die without it seems so cruel,” she said to a friend while on her deathbed.

She voted illegally and was arrested for her insistence that women deserved equality at the polls, and mocked mercilessly for her efforts. Effigies of Anthony were even given mock funerals when she brought her campaigning to town.

After the New York primaries this week, Anthony’s grave at Rochester’s Mount Hope Cemetery was covered in tributes — flowers and stickers that read, “I Voted” — as it has been for at least a decade.

The Smithsonian, in an article about the tradition, notes that the keepers of Anthony’s gravesite appreciate the ritual that contemporary voters have adopted.

Read the full story at Smithsonian.

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