The 1872 Monument

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    A monument commemorating Susan B. Anthony’s famous arrest for voting for the 1872 presidential election, in times when women were not allowed to vote. On election day, November 5th, 1872, Anthony and a group of 14 women marched to the barbershop on West Main St., Rochester, where the polling was held. Determined to fulfill their fundamental civil right, Anthony and her fellow suffrage activists ignored the reluctant men at the polling place and voted. After two weeks, they were arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to pay a fine for their action. Anthony refused to pay the fine, and she never did.
    The statue, a bronze locked ballot box, was created by Pepsy Kettavong and dedicated on August 22nd, 2009 – the 89th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave the women the right to vote. The two pillars on its sides represent the front of the barbershop, where the voting was taking place. In front of the statue, there is a plaque describing the historic event. Pepsy Kettavong is a Rochester area sculptor who also created the Rochester statue, “Let’s Have Tea” of Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass.

    Susan B Anthony - Speech on Voting Rights For Women - Womans Rights Movement

    This video includes definitions of wording to help promote an easy understanding as you listen along. It also includes pictures of Susan B Anthony. Great for younger viewers. Click the "CC" button at the bottom right to read along.

    Susan B. Anthony Facts Leading Up To Her 1873 Speech on Voting Rights for Women:

    In 1869 Susan B. Anthony and her close friend, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, founded the National Woman Suffrage Association and campaigned for a constitutional amendment for universal suffrage in America.

    Following the adoption for the 14th Amendment in 1868 which stated: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdictions thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside” - Susan B. Anthony argued that that this gave women the right to vote and in fact she and 14 other women voted in the 1872 presidential election.

    They were all arrested.

    But only Susan B. Anthony was indicted. In the several months between her indictment and her trial she traveled to various towns giving a speech to gain support for her position. That speech was titled: Is it a Crime for a Citizen of the United States to Vote?


    *In 1873 Susan B. Anthony on women's right to vote
    *Susan B. Anthony for Kids
    *Womans Rights Movement
    *Woman Suffrage Movement
    *Susan B Anthony quote
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    Address: 441 West Main Street, Rochester, NY
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  • Photo credit - 1872 Cafe, located near the monument.