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    Stonecutters in Hallowell, many of them Italian immigrants, carve statue in 1877 that was part of the National Monument to the Forefathers in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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    Sarah Unobskey and sons Arthur, William, and Charles operated Unobskey's clothing store in Calais from 1911 to the 1970s. Seen here around 1930, they immigrated from Russia, in part, to practice their Jewish faith.

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    Toy Len Goon and Dogon Goon were Chinese immigrants who ran a laundry in the Woodfords Corner neighborhood of Portland. This photograph was taken shortly after their wedding in 1922.

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    Toy Len Goon handmade this mud silk outfit in China between 1917-1922 and brought it with her to Maine after marrying Dogon Goon, who owned a laundry in Woodford’s Corner, Portland.

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    Hooria Majeed fled Afghanistan and came to Maine with her three sons in 2002 after her husband, a successful artist, was murdered by the Taliban because his work was considered un-Islamic.

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    Agnes Kerr Chair, 1908: Agnes Kerr (1906-2001) grew up on Munjoy Hill, graduated from Gorham Normal School in 1926, and became a teacher in Rhode Island and later, Portland. Her family history typifies that of many Irish immigrants to Maine.

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    The police badge worn by Anthony Petropulos, a Greek immigrant who was the first member of his ethnic group to work for the Lewiston Police Department, serving from 1918 to 1945. Photo courtesy Maine Historical Society. This photo is from 1943.

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    Policeman’s badge worn by Anthony Petropulos when he served on the Lewiston Police Force from 1918-1945.

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    Policeman’s coat worn by Anthony Petropulos when he served on the Lewiston Police Force from 1918-1945.

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    “Creation” cuff bracelet, 2016 by Jason Brown, Penobscot jeweler: Brown’s “Creation” bracelet combines a geometric rendering in copper of the Wabanaki culture hero, Glooscap, shooting an arrow into the ash tree, and creating the Wabanaki people.

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    Van and Kim Luu, who came to the United States from Vietnam, have built a successful floor-refinishing business in southern Maine.

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    Immigrant students at Chapman School in Portland, around 1920, learned English and U.S. history as part of “Americanization” classes sponsored by Portland public schools.

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