Mount Hope Cemetery Rochester NY Susan B Anthony

Susan B. Anthony: Influential Rochester Residents

It is difficult to summarize the life of Susan B. Anthony, her passion for the rights of all Americans, and specifically how she worked tirelessly as a suffragist for women’s right to vote. I will leave that to you to get out there and immerse yourself in her story.

Susan B. Anthony’s home in the City of Rochester

At the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, you can immerse yourself in the details of her personal history. Her childhood home was the headquarters of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Susan’s passion for securing women’s right to vote started with her work as an agent of the anti-slavery movement, actively campaigning and influencing the 13th (abolished slavery), 14th (citizenship), and 15th (rights of all citizens to vote) Amendments to the United States Constitution. Ultimately she fought for equal rights for all Americans, though she felt strongly that women needed the vote if they were to influence public affairs.

Outside in the center of the green square is a sculpture of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass having tea, no doubt discussing how to right so many wrongs.

Susan B Anthony Frederick Douglass Tea Statue Anthony Square Rochester NY
Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass “Let’s Have Tea” Statue in Anthony Square, Rochester, NY

Around Rochester

Other places of interest in Rochester include Miss Anthony’s final resting place in the “old north” section of Mt Hope Cemetery, close to Frederick Douglass. She and her posse cast their 1st illegal votes near the current 1872 Cafe on Main St.

Mount Hope Cemetery Rochester NY Susan B. Anthony

Susan B Anthony Mount Hope Cemetery Rochester NY
Wayfiding Susan B. Anthony’s Grave Site in Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, NY
Susan B Anthony Grave Site Mount Hope Cemetery Rochester NY
Susan B Anthony Grave Site in Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, NY

Seneca Falls, NY

The history of the Women’s Suffrage Movement has points of interest throughout Western New York, including the Women’s Rights National Historic Park and National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY. Susan B. Anthony served as vice-president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, and as president when Elizabeth Cady Stanton retired. It wasn’t until 1920 that the 19th Amendment was passed and women won the right to vote. Susan was not alive to see that day; she died in 1906.

First Convention for Womens Rights in Seneca Falls NY
First Convention for Women’s Rights Held in Seneca Falls, NY 1848
Womens Rights National Historical Park Seneca Falls NY
Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY


Frederick Douglass Seneca Falls NY
Frederick Douglass Statue, Seneca Falls, NY

Here is a great article by Smithsonian Magazine if you’d like to explore more: Eight Places to Celebrate the Accomplishments of Great American Women.

Another excellent article about the life of Frederick Douglass in Rochester, NY, and his close friendship with Ms. Anthony.

Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.

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