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Between Fairfield and Gloucester Streets along the Commonwealth Ave. Mall sit three statues of famous progressive American women: Abigail Adams, Lucy Stone and Phillis Wheatley.
On Election Day, Bostonians flocked to the Boston Women’s Memorial, leaving flowers and notes and taking photos of the bronze figures. Stone, an abolitionist and suffragist, was among the first women to graduate from college in Massachusetts. Wheatley, a colonial slave sold from a ship in Boston, published the nation’s first book by an African writer. And Adams, the famous First Lady, was known for her progressive views on women.
Krissy Price, a wedding florist who is known for repurposing her unused flowers and placing them around the city, brought flowers to the memorial back a few months ago as a part of her #guerrillaflowerfare campaign. On Tuesday, she stopped by the memorial again – this time with a more personal note.
She wasn’t the only one to pay an emotional visit to the site.
I voted in honor of Abigail Adams, who really ought to have been President. (Repost from Instagram) pic.twitter.com/mwjTPstBeZ
– FL◉URISH KLINK (@flourish) November 8, 2016
@BostonDotCom Left a thank you note for Lucy Stone at Boston Women’s Memorial after voting. #iVoted pic.twitter.com/hcdn9Ibotx
– Kerry Crisley (@KerryCrisley) November 4, 2016
A similar spontaneous gathering was also happening on Tuesday in Rochester, N.Y., where people have been placing “I voted” stickers on the grave of women’s suffragist leader Susan B. Anthony.
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