Farmingville, NY – On May 13, Brookhaven Town Clerk Donna Lent (second from right) attended the unveiling of a historic marker in honor of Lillian Devere, founding member of the Lake Ronkonkoma Equal Rights Suffrage Club.
The Lake Ronkonkoma Heritage Association secured a William G. Pomeroy Foundation grant for the marker which was placed at the American Legion Post 155 on Church Street in Lake Ronkonkoma. The grant is part of a program to highlight the New York State Women’s Suffrage Centennial (1917-2017) and the people, places and events instrumental in women gaining the right to vote.
In addition to her efforts to win the vote, Lillian Brown Devere was a United States Navy Veteran and founder of the World War I Memorial Rock at the American Legion Post. She also founded the Lake Ronkonkoma Free Library and the Lake Ronkonkoma Theatrical Club.
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