City of Rochester
(Friday, Nov. 4, 2016) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren today announced that hours of operation at historic Mount Hope Cemetery will be extended on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, to accommodate those wishing to celebrate their vote at Susan B. Anthony’s gravesite. The cemetery will open from 7:30 a.m. until polls close at 9 p.m. The cemetery gates are normally closed at 5:30 p.m.
“Visiting Susan B. Anthony’s gravesite has become an Election Day rite of passage for many citizens in Rochester and with this year’s historically significant election, it seems right to extend that opportunity until the polls close,” said Mayor Warren. “We are proud of the unique legacy in the fight for equality that Ms. Anthony, Frederick Douglass and others have given our city and I can imagine she would have wanted to be a part of the significant history this year’s election holds for women. It’s only proper that we invite Ms. Anthony to be a part of this important moment.”
In past years, many Election Day visitors to Ms. Anthony’s gravesite have left behind their “I Voted Today” stickers. Provisions will be made to allow this practice to continue with commemorative boards in place. Additionally, those visitors who leave their sticker behind will be given a special commemorative sticker in its place (while supplies last).
The North Gate of the cemetery will remain open after 5:30 p.m. All visitors are asked to remember historic Mount Hope is an active cemetery and to please be respectful. City personnel will be on site to assist visitors. After dark (5:30 p.m.), access to Ms. Anthony’s gravesite will be limited to pedestrians and flashlights are recommended. The area containing Ms. Anthony’s grave is in an older portion of the cemetery and can become congested with many visitors. Limited parking during the day and night hours is available. Nighttime parking will be restricted to the area near the gate.
“My hope is that everyone in our city will exercise their hard-fought right to vote in this historic election and I am excited that we can include Susan B. Anthony in that vote,” said Mayor Warren. “Beyond Tuesday and regardless of the election’s outcome, I encourage every citizen of Rochester to continue Susan B. Anthony’s legacy by continuing the fight for equality.”
News media: For more information, contact Press Officer Jessica Alaimo at 428-7135.