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Voters Leaving Stickers On Ida B. Wells' South Side Gravestone

By Kelly Bauer | November 8, 2016 5:54pm
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People are leaving "I Voted" paraphernalia on the grave of suffragist Ida B. Wells.
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CHICAGO — Voters are honoring black suffragist Ida B. Wells by leaving "I Voted" stickers on her grave on the South Side.

Wells was a journalist, activist and feminist who fought for equal rights for women and black people. On Election Day, Chicagoans stopped by her grave at Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 E. 67th St., to put "I Voted" stickers and wristbands on the suffragist's grave.

Though not born in the city, Wells moved to Chicago and worked for newspapers there, organizing boycotts, trying to help the city's growing black population and speaking out against lynching and violence against black people. Wells died in Chicago in 1931.

In New York, people have been leaving stickers at the former home of suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton and at the grave of Susan B. Anthony.

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