Susan B. Anthony House

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I visited the Susan B. Anthony House. Before that, I didn’t know much about Susan B. Anthony and only knew that she was an American women’s rights activist. When I arrived at the House, the entrance is in the building next to the House. Two sweet women greeted me and guided me into the House. Their name were Sue and Wendy. The House seemed to be small from outside but when I stepped inside, the rooms are huge.

Most of Susan B. Anthony’s belongings are still in the same place and protected. There are old framed photographs of Anthony posing in the House and the rooms are still the same from the pictures and had barely changed. Sue carried an iPad with her and showed me life stories of Anthony as we walked through rooms.

Susan B. Anthony is known as a leading figure in the women’s suffrage, women’s rights and abolitionism (the movement to end slavery).

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A sign she saved from one of protests

In 1820, Susan B. Anthony was denied to speak at a temperance convention and inspired to fight for women’s rights. Anthony and her family moved to Rochester NY from Massachusetts in 1845 and their farm became a meeting-place for against-slavery activists, including Frederick Douglass. I had no idea that Anthony and Douglass worked together and were friends! Imagine that, in 1845, Anthony was a white single woman and being friends with Douglass, a black married man who was also a former slave.

Anthony became an agent for American Anti-Slavery Society until The Civil War. When the war ends, she focused more on the women’s voting rights movement. She lectured and attended many conventions. She founded National Woman Suffrage Association with Elizabeth Stanton. They both worked together and established a weekly publication called The Revolution about women’s rights.

She got arrested in 1872 for voting the presidential election illegally and was charged $100 but she refused to pay. She never gave up on her fight for women’s suffrage and died in 1906 at the age of 86.

14 years later after Anthony’s death, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed and granted women’s right to vote.

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Susan B. Anthony passed away in this bed

During the tour in the House, I got goosebumps and inspired with what Susan B. Anthony had done. I could hardly believe I was walking around in the very same house where Anthony lived and worked on her activities. And where Frederick Douglass had visited her. There even was a picture of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass in the back parlor room to show their great friendship. Anthony’s furnitures and belongings are placed behind a rope across the room. Some of items, such as clothes and purses, are protected behind the glasses. It was an amazing and inspiring experience.

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A portrait of Frederick Douglass

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Susan B. Anthony House

  1. I like how Rochester is keeping this place for tourism, and I never visited that place. Since this is the really important piece of US History, I was also thinking that RIT could capture this house with VR 360 Degree Camera, and let the whole world see it too. Maybe that is something that can be done with Frederick Douglas project too to provide easier access when people want to know much about them.

  2. RAchel, SO glad you got to visit here – especially in light of the large project for this class. And great idea Ryan about the camera. I think this would be really interesting for people to “visit” in other states.

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