People who got to put their “I Voted” stickers on Susan B. Anthony’s headstone this year will find something new there: a plastic cover. The women’s suffrage leader is buried in a cemetery in Rochester, New York and her final resting place now has a shield there to prevent further damage to the marble from the stickers and the cleaners used to remove the stickers.
The sticker trend became popular four years ago on Election Day 2016, according to Patricia Corcoran, president of the nonprofit Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery. She says that day, as many as 12-thousand people visited Anthony’s grave and left the stickers to honor the work she did to win women the right to vote, as well as to memorialize the first time Americans could vote for a female major party candidate, Hillary Clinton.
Corcoran says the damage to the marble marker was discovered during a restoration effort in the spring. Her organization’s main mission is preservation, so she explains, “above all we wanted to protect this iconic gravesite.” And since this year is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, the headstone may be a popular destination once again.
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