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Happy Birthday

Today, Feb. 15, is the 200 anniversary of the birth of Susan B. Anthony. Two days before her birthday in 1900, a New York City newspaper published this photograph, taken in Nov. 1899, illustrating an article headlined: "'Aunt' Susan B. Anthony/She will be Eighty Years Old Next Friday/Active of Step, Alert and Ready of Speech, with a Strong Individuality and Looks Not a Day Over Sixty."

The statue is "Let's Have Tea," by Pepsy Kettvong, representing SBA and Frederick Douglass. Douglass, who had escaped from slavery, was a preeminent abolitionist

and orator. He attended the 1848 Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls and seconded Elizabeth Cady Stanton's radical resolution calling on women to fight for the vote. Douglass' support surely convinced the reluctant convention goers to approve the bold resolution. Anthony and Douglass are among the many people I write about in my book, The Vote: Women's Fierce Fight. The statue is located in Susan B. Anthony Square Park, near her home and museum in Rochester, NY. A bridge in Rochester is also named for Douglass and Anthony.

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