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Shield protects Susan B. Anthony’s headstone from voting stickers left in her honor

Shield protects Susan B. Anthony’s headstone from voting stickers left in her honor
Posted at 9:34 AM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 16:18:58-04

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — People putting their “I Voted” stickers on women’s suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony’s headstone will see something new this year: a plastic cover.

Her headstone, in a cemetery in Rochester, New York, now has a shield to prevent further degradation to the marble from the stickers’ glue and the cleaners used to remove the stickers.

The sticker trend became popular on Election Day 2016, when as many as 12,000 people visited the cemetery where Anthony is buried.

A spring restoration effort had revealed the damage done to the marble marker.

This year, WHAM reports that city officials have also marked off a pathway for visitor to follow so they don’t disrupt other gravesites. It’s one way and visitors are asked to maintain 6 feet of social distancing.