Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sentimental Sunday: The Franco American "Little Canada" Memorial - Aiken St., Lowell, Mass

Demolished in the 1960's to make way for Urban Renewal, Little Canada is where my ancestors once lived, loved, worked, worshiped, and played. I wish I could have had a chance to walk it's streets and listen to it's voices before they were erased.

I think I'm going to do a rogue planting here next spring.
 
"EN SOUVENIER DES CANADIENS DE LANGUE
FRANCAISE ET DE LEURS DESCENDANTS,
LES FRANCO-AMERICAINS, QUI ONT VECU
ICI, NOS COEURS N'OUBLIERONT JAMAIS
LEUR COURAGE, LEURS SACRIFICES, LEUR
FOI, LEUR FIERTE

1875 - 1964

ON THIS SITE GREW THE HEART OF THE
FRANCO-AMERICAN COMMUNITY. HARD
WORKING FRENCH CANADIANS CAME TO
FILL THE MILLS OF LOWELL AND BUILD
A TRADITION OF FAITH, GENEROSITY,
AND PRIDE.

LE PEITE CANADA - LITTLE CANADA
AIKEN - CABOT - CHEEVER - COOLIDGE - HALL - MELVIN- MONTCALM - PAWTUCKET - PERKINS - SUFFOLK - TUCKER - WARD

JE ME SOUVIENS - LEST WE FORGET"

"1977

ERECTED BY 
THE FRANCO-AMERICAN PEOPLE
AND
THE OBLATE FATHERS OF

ST. JEAN BAPTISTE PARISH

THIS STONE COMES FROM ONE OF THE
LAST BLOCKS OR LARGE WOODEN
APARTMENT HOUSES TO BE TORN DOWN"

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