On February 15, 2012 (Susan B. Anthony’s 192nd birthday), the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies began an annual tradition: a celebration of Anthony’s birthday. On this day each year, SBAI and friends make an annual trip to Anthony’s gravesite in Mount Hope Cemetery to lay yellow roses, the symbol of suffrage, on her grave. A student-selected woman leader from the University of Rochester gives a brief statement before placing the roses on the grave. In 2012, Dean Rafaella Borasi, Warner School, joined SBAI as the guest of honor. This year, students picked Dr. Eleana Kim, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, to be the featured woman leader. Following the gravesite visit, everyone reconvenes at the University to eat birthday cake and look at artifacts from Anthony’s life. In 2013, SBAI is adding to the festivities by partnering with the Rush Rhees Library to present “A Citizen’s Right to Voe: United States vs. Susan B. Anthony,” which will be exhibited from Anthony’s birth month through May.
All University and community members are welcome to join in the celebration. We leave River Campus for Anthony’s grave on Friday, February 15 at 10:00am. RSVP by February 12 to email@example.com (rides to the gravesite are available!). If you can’t make it to the gravesite you can join the celebration back at the Welles Brown Room (Rush Rhees Library) at 11:00am for cake and an exhibit talk by co-curators Angela Clark-Taylor and Lori Birrell.