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Mayor Warren Places "Thank You" Letter at Susan B. Anthony's Grave

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren got some airtime on  CNN Thursday afternoon, talking about the 'thank you' letter that she has placed at the gravesite of Susan B. Anthony at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Warren, a Hillary Clinton delegate who is in Philadelphia as part of the New York Delegation at the Democratic National Convention, put up a sign in the cemetery with a letter to Anthony, a leader in the suffrage movement, thanking her for paving the way so that women got the right to vote.

Warren, who is Rochester's first female mayor, says it was important for her to tie all these events together.

“For me, it was about the fact that I have a daughter, a six year old daughter, and my grandmother instilled in me that we always had to pay it forward. That we always had to never forget where we came from, and Susan B. Anthony paved the way for me to be the first female mayor of the city of Rochester.”

Warren also noted that she brings her daughter with her to a number of community events.


“Because I want her to understand what public service is really all about, that the sacrifices that people have made that came before us, people like Susan B. Anthony, people like Shirley Chisolm, people like my grandmother, who took us back to South Carolina, my family and my cousins and I to let us know that we can never forget where we came from, the fact that they were sharecroppers.”

Warren is asking people who  are in the area of Mount Hope this week to stop by Susan B's grave to sign the thank you letter set up next to the grave stone.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.