Following Susan B.

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Connie and Jinnie visit the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester with Jeanne Gehret

Connie and Jinnie visit the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester with Jeanne Gehret

This week my two new friends Connie Logan and Jinny Vogel-Polizzi retraced Susan B.’s steps from Susan B.’s birthplace in Adams, Massachusetts to her adult home in Rochester, NY. (Click on picture to enlarge it.) But it isn’t the first time they’ve “followed” Susan.

Jinny and Connie are two of the 64 women from western Massachusetts who replicated a hand-stitched quilt that Susan completed when she was 15 years old in 1835. My friends came to see the original and also to visit Susan’s Madison Street where she lived with her sister Mary and their widowed mother Lucy Read Anthony.

In my last blog post I introduced you to the larger-than-lifesize statues of Susan B. and her friend Frederick Douglass. Today we’ll take a closer look at the neighborhood surrounding Susan’s home. I have to confess that viewing it through my friends’ eyes alerted me to some delightful details that I might have missed. (FYI: The strange white shapes in the 1872 Cafe pic are light fixtures.)

My next couple posts will feature the original quilt and the replica.

Lovely home a few doors down from Susan B.'s residence. Photo by Jeanne Gehret

Lovely home a few doors down from Susan B.’s residence. Photo by Jeanne Gehret

Light post with Susan's image near the site where she voted in 1871. Photo by Jeanne Gehret

Light post with Susan’s image near the site where she voted in 1871. Photo by Jeanne Gehret

1872 Cafe on West Main St, Rochester, near the actual site where Susan voted in 1871. Photo by Jeanne Gehret

1872 Cafe on West Main St, Rochester, near the actual site where Susan voted in 1871. Photo by Jeanne Gehret

 

2 thoughts on “Following Susan B.

  1. Thanks, Jeanne, for hosting these lovely and talented Berkshires SBA Birthplace ladies. Our mutual love and enthusiasm for all things Susan B created stimulating conversation that could have lasted for weeks.
    Carol

    • It’s exciting to learn of new information being uncovered about Susan B. Do you know of ongoing historical studies at the Birthplace in Massachusetts?

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