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Posted on: June 3, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Street Dedication Ceremony Honoring Centenarian



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May 27, 2022                                                                                                            Councilmember


Street Dedication Ceremony Honoring Centenarian, Lillie R. Lester, First Female And First Black Female Sergeant-At-Arms In The Michigan State Capitol

INKSTER, Michigan – On Friday, June 3, 2022, at 6PM, the City of Inkster will honor one of its’ most iconic residents, Lillie R. Lester, by dedicating Weithoff Street, where Mrs. Lester has resided for many years, by renaming the street Lillie R. Lester Dr.

Mrs. Lester, a devout Christian, recently celebrated her 100th birthday and was feted by numerous family and friends.  Her accolades included resolutions signed by President Joe Biden, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Wayne County Commissioner, Glenn Anderson as well as a myriad of dignitaries extending well wishes.  This celebration commemorated not only her new status of centenarian, a feat few have attained, but also acknowledges her lifelong dedication to the state of Michigan and its constituents that compels such praise.  Mrs. Lester holds the distinction of being the first female Sergeant-at-Arms and the first black female Sergeant-at-Arms in the Michigan State Capitol.  In 2018, Mrs. Lester was recognized by the Michigan State House of Representatives extolling her years of dedicated service to the position.

It is with enormous pride that the City of Inkster extends an invitation to join us in bestowing this permanent tribute to an authentic treasure, Mrs. Lillie R. Lester.  



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