Historic Marker Unveiled

By on November 1, 2018
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Who is Jean Brooks Greenleaf?

The Greece Historical Society wants you to know.

The Greece Historical Society unveiled a Historic Marker honoring Jean Brooks Greenleaf on October 8, 2018. The Historical Society was awarded a grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation to install a historic marker at the site of the summer home of nationally recognized woman’s suffrage activist Jean Brooks Greenleaf. The Greenleaf home and farm were located where Lake Shore Country Club is today, 1165 Greenleaf Road, Rochester. The golf club’s owners Chuck and Dawn Hart graciously granted permission to have the marker installed on their property. 

The grant was secured by Greece Historical Society volunteer Maureen Whalen. Maureen came to greatly admire Jean Brooks Greenleaf when she curated last year’s museum exhibit “Winning the Vote: The Women of  Greece Involved in the Suffrage Movement.” 

Jean Brooks Greenleaf

Jean Brooks Greenleaf

Jean Brooks Greenleaf was a woman suffragist. She is mainly remembered for her work as a suffragist leader active in Women’s Rights organizations in the Rochester Community and speaking at local, statewide and national events about the suffrage cause. She joined the Women’s Political Club in 1885 and became its second president in 1888. She was a New York statewide suffrage leader, elected as President of the New York State Women Suffrage Association at the state convention held in Rochester in 1890. She worked tirelessly on women’s rights along with Susan B. Anthony with whom she maintained a personal friendship with during the early 1890s. In 1894 Jean Brooks Greenleaf was nominated by Democrats as the only woman delegate to the state’s constitutional convention. She remained active working on women’s rights all throughout her life. Jean Brooks Greenleaf died in 1918 and is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Rochester.

A statement was read from the Willam G. Pomeroy Foundation during the dedication ceremony. It said in part, “We wish you well as you gather to commemorate the life and legacy of Jean Brooks Greenleaf with the Historic Roadside Marker you see here today. Greenleaf’s work through the New York State Woman’s Suffrage Association and other women’s rights activities were significant. The historic marker being unveiled today was made available through our New York State Women’s Suffrage Historic Marker program. Last year, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of New York signing women’s suffrage into law. New York was three years ahead of the United States, which passed the 19th Amendment in 1920. At the Foundation, we wanted to help commemorate this important heritage in New York with roadside markers that pay tribute to historical connections to women’s rights. It was part of broader statewide effort led by Humanities New York.” 

Since 2006, the William G. Pomeroy Foundation has funded over 540 historic markers in 51 New York counties encouraging communities to celebrate their local history.

For more information on the Greece Historical Society visit www.greecehistoricalsociety.org

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Photos by Karen Fien

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Maureen Whalen and Bill Sauers of The Greece Historical Society.

Maureen Whalen and Bill Sauers of The Greece Historical Society.