Learn about Marion’s Cape Verdean history, historical buildings

Dec 27, 2022

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Join Sippican Historical Society Board Member Rick DaSilva for a talk on the history of Marion’s Portuguese, Azorean and Cape Verdean communities on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Marion Music Hall.

DaSilva is a former faculty member and history teacher at Tabor Academy.

The talk will focus on the history of the Point Road School and Post-WWII land development in the Point Road neighborhoods. The Marion Historical Commission and the Sippican Historical Society are co-sponsoring the event.

The presentation is the culmination of several years of work by consultant Claire Dempsey and funded by grants from the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the town’s Community Preservation Fund.

The presentation will focus on the impact this community had in Marion and on the examination of neighborhoods, buildings and landscapes associated with it.

DaSilva will address the context of early 20th century immigration to Southeastern Massachusetts and specifically to Marion. The story of the Point Road School (1930-1967) reveals some of the racial tension that existed at the time and influenced local educational opportunities.

Meg Steinberg, Chair of the Marion Historical Commission, will also explain the results of the recent Historical Survey of properties and areas associated with this history.

Property owners of buildings that were individually surveyed have received copies of the historical research on their properties.

This information becomes part of the Historical Commission’s record, in accordance with its mission to document, understand and protect the town’s important cultural resources. Copies of the consultant’s report “A History of Marion’s Portuguese, Azorean, and Cape Verdean Community” will be available for purchase and order.

A question, answer and discussion opportunity will follow the presentation so that residents may share their personal recollections on the subject. 

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Event Date: 

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - 7:00pm

Event Location: 

164 Front St, Marion, MA