Eastern Suburbs

The Matilda Gage Home: The History Behind Election 2016

By Desiree Hurlbut, BDJ 464.03

Published on November 8, 2016

Fayetteville Resident pays tribute to suffragette Matilda Gage (c) 2016 Desiree Hurlbut

FAYETTEVILLE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – With the possibility of the United States electing the first female president, many people are paying their respects to Susan B. Anthony in Rochester New York. Here in Fayetteville, people have been gathering at the home and grave site of Matilda Gage. Matilda Gage worked alongside Susan B. Anthony in the women’s suffrage movement in late 1800s, which gave women the right to vote in 1920.

“We’re on our way to honor Matilda at her grave site and then we’re heading to Rochester to also honor and thank Susan B. Anthony at her grave site. It just felt like such an important year to do that,” said Cherie Ackerson, a visitor of The Matilda Gage House.

Gage served as President, Vice President, and Chair of the Executive Committee of the National Woman Suffrage Association for over 20 years. Her actions and opinions as a suffragist were considered more radical than those of Susan B. Anthony.  Today, at Gage’s home many advocates are encouraging citizens to exercise their right to vote by holding signs alongside E Genesee Street in Fayetteville.

“When you vote you agree to the outcome and regardless of the outcome, I believe it’s my civic duty to abide by the outcome,” said Cindy Wilson another visitor of the Gage home. At Fayetteville Cemetery, Gage’s grave site is filled with flowers and “I Voted” stickers as a thank you to one of the women who fought for women’s rights.

You can earn more about Matilda Gage from our live stream with the Founding Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner here :  https://www.periscope.tv/w/avDI0zFkdkVPcnFab2RXalh8MW1yR21BbXFibU5HeZfxSld9AZLL5B78YfZswAYcXunjpN2Uq06k8ubu5ppi

The Home of Matilda Gage, which housed fugitive slaves and freedom seekers. (c) 2016 Desiree Hurlbut

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The grave site of Matilda Gage at Fayetteville Cemetery (c) 2016 Desiree Hurlbut

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