U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand supports a Rochester cemetery's candidacy for placement on the National Register of Historic Places.
Gillibrand, D-N.Y., wrote a letter to National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis endorsing Mount Hope Cemetery for the distinction. The cemetery is the final resting place for more than 350,000 people, including some notable figures in American history.
Among those who are buried in the cemetery are Susan B. Anthony, a prominent women's rights activist, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. John Bausch and Henry Lomb, who co-founded health products manufacturer Bausch & Lomb, are also laid to rest at Mt. Hope.
"Placing this site on the National Register would bring much-deserved recognition of its important historical and regional role," Gillibrand wrote.
The 196-acre cemetery was founded in 1838. It is located in the city across from the University of Rochester. At the time of its establishment, it was one of the first municipal Victorian cemeteries in the U.S.
The National Register of Historic Places is, according to the National Park Service's website, "the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation." The register was created with the signing of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.