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Help create an internet database to honor suffragists in New York

Jan 27, 2020

Efforts are underway to create an online database with an interactive map of suffragists’ gravesites across New York State.

The idea comes from Linda Moroney, who runs a local independent film production company with her husband, Todd McCammon.

She produced "Election Day 2016," filmed at the gravesite of Susan B. Anthony in Rochester’s Mt. Hope Cemetery.

The Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester extended visiting hours on Election Day to accommodate those leaving "I Voted" stickers and other mementos at the grave of Susan B. Anthony
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“We do know about Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and how prominent they were, but we also want to really look at this holistically and inclusively, and look for other people that may not have always been traditionally incorporated in this movement," she said.

Moroney said for a new documentary, "Election Day 2020 NYS," filmmakers will go to suffragists' gravesites statewide on Election Day in November and interview people visiting those sites with their "I Voted" stickers.

“It's a way of looking at history and understanding history and not thinking of it as just something within our textbooks, but by going to these different sites on Election Day, things come very much alive, and connects modern-day voters with this past, and brings it to life," she said.

Moroney said people can help build the database by going to womenandthevotenys.com if they know of, or are related to, an individual who had an active role in the suffragist movement.

Several "Suffragist Search Parties" are also planned, including one at the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House on Feb. 22.

She said the initiative, which looks at the suffrage movement from a wide point of view, coincides with the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and promotes civic engagement.