On Friday, June 30, an emotional event took place on the corner of Park Avenue and Jean-Talon Street in Montreal — the unveiling of the “Statue of the Greek Immigrant.”
The statue created by well-known sculptor and professor at Athens’ School of Fine Arts, Giorgos Houliaras, was offered to the metropolis on the 375th anniversary of its founding.
“The father, the mother, the child, the suitcases with “Hellas” emblazoned on them, the compact Greek family, the gate symbolizing their coming to the new world,” the sculptor wrote, according to huffingtonpost.com.
The whole thing was made possible thanks to the co-ordinated effort by three Greek organizations: The Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal, the Lyceum of Greek Women of Montreal and the Hellenic Congress of Quebec.
Prominent people in attendance at the unveiling were Denis Coderre, the mayor of Montreal, as well as many other dignitaries from Quebec and Montreal.