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Area women mark 100th anniversary of women's vote at Forest Lawn grave

Area women will celebrate the 100th anniversary of New York granting women the right to vote at a ceremony at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at the grave of Mary B. Talbert in Forest Lawn cemetery.

Women's suffrage passed on Nov. 6, 1917 in New York, three years before the 19th amendment granted the vote to women across the country.

Talbert, born in Oberlin, Ohio, was an orator, activist and suffragist who married William H. Talbert of Buffalo in 1891. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is among those who are scheduled to participate at the Forest Lawn event.

To mark the anniversary, buildings and attractions in Buffalo-Niagara will be illuminated in purple and gold, colors of the suffragette movement. The special lighting will shine on Niagara Falls, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, One M&T Bank, One Canalside, Seneca One Tower, Electric Tower and The Buffalo News.

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