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Women's suffrage trailblazer honored with roadside plaque

A Lake Ronkonkoma woman who helped win women the right to vote in New York State a century ago has been honored with a roadside plaque.

The historic marker recognizing Lillian Devere was unveiled May 13 at American Legion Post 155, on Church Street in Lake Ronkonkoma. Brookhaven Town Clerk Donna Lent joined residents when the plaque was unveiled.

The Lake Ronkonkoma Heritage Association received a William G. Pomeroy Foundation grant for the marker, town officials said in a news release. The grant is part of a program marking the 100th anniversary of New York State granting women the right to vote.

Devere was credited with founding the Lake Ronkonkoma Equal Rights Suffrage Club. She also was a Navy veteran who helped create the World War I Memorial Rock at Post 155, and she was instrumental in founding the Lake Ronkonkoma Free Library and Lake Ronkonkoma Theatrical Club, town officials said.

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