Charleston's Greek Heritage

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Since the arrival of Maria Gracia Dura Bin Turnbull, the first female Greek settler in North America, Charleston has long embraced a vibrant Greek community, which has in turn continued to enrich the area for centuries. As an eastern seaboard city, Charleston was a magnet for great numbers of Greek immigrants, most from the island of Cephalonia. They journeyed to the city during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, bringing with them a rich cultural heritage, shared values and a devotion to hard work and industry. Those early settlers operated small businesses, predominately grocery stores and restaurants, and emphasized education, ensuring that their descendants would help to weave the professional and civil fabric of the city. Their stories encapsulate the American immigrant experience, offering a portrait of where Charleston has been and where it can go. Longtime Charleston resident George J. Morris, an active member of the local Greek community, has collected primary documents and photographs that illustrate the unique development of Greek culture in the city.
ISBN: 9781596295612
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The History Press
State: South Carolina
Images: 79
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 7 (w) x 10 (h)
George Morris is a graduate of The Citadel and the University of Virginia School of Law. He served as Parish Council president of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, Charleston, South Carolina, for the years 1975–76, 1980–84, 1989–91 and in 1995, and as a member of the Parish Council for many years. He also served on the Council for the Diocese of Atlanta (which covers the Southeast) and on the Council for the Archdiocese of the Greek Orthodox Church in America. In 2007, he was the Archangel Michael adult honoree chosen by the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, as bestowed by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta. Additionally, he is a past president of Plato Chapter No. 4, Order of AHEPA, and serves as chairman of the Plato Chapter No. 4 Scholarship Foundation. His grandfather, Chris Gazes, served as Parish Council president during the years 1929–30; his first cousin, Hope Gazes Grayson, served as Parish Council president in 1994, the first female to occupy this position; and his mother, Margaret Gazes Morris, was active in Charleston Greek community affairs for many years.
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