Acropolis of America: Lowell, Mass. Featured in Exhibit

The historic Holy Trinity Church of Lowell, MA. (Photo by TNH/Theodoros Kalmoukos)

LOWELL, Mass., The biggest Greek-American community a century ago outside of Chicago and New York, the legacy of those who created it in Lowell, Massachusetts is being remembered in an exhibit at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and set to go on the road.

Lowell was where one of the country’s first Greek Orthodox churches, Holy Trinity, was built in a neighborhood called the Greek Acre, in a city home to many famous people from the community.

Many of the former residents returned for the event called Acropolis of America that also showcases the history of Greek immigration and was created by History Prof. Robert Forrant, several history students, and art and design graduate Kelly Freitas, a 2016 graduate.

“This is a very praiseworthy work and something you should all be proud of,” Greece’s consul general in Boston, Stratos Efthymiou said. “Greeks have achieved the American dream in Lowell, a special place in the American mosaic.”

Featuring the Greek community from 1874-2020 it was created in collaboration with Lowell’s Hellenic Culture and Heritage Society and with support from the Hellenic Studies Program at the university, not far from where the Greek-American neighborhood had flourished.