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The black granite
monument is inscribed
with information about
AHEPA's founding.
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he Atlanta Centennial Weekend Celebration
honoring AHEPA's founders was an experience
of meaningful and symbolic moments that
would have made the AHEPA founders proud.
Held June 23 to 26, 2022, the series of events
kicked-off with a reception that included presentations
to salute the past by Stephen Georgeson and Dr. Victor
G. Polizos, longtime Mother Lodge Chapter 1 Ahepans. More than
150 people attended, including descendants of AHEPA's eight
founders.
Georgeson, author of " Atlanta Greeks - An Early History, " discussed
the arrival of the first Greek immigrants to Atlanta in the
1880s, exploring the difficulties they faced settling in the postCivil
War landscape and their many professional challenges. He
detailed the businesses where they worked and later came to own.
He also discussed the ways in which these Greeks became successful
members of the local business community after overcoming
economic complications and navigating decades of political
turmoil, war, and local prejudices.
Polizos elaborated on the early history shared by Georgeson
with a presentation addressing the early Greeks' fear of further
prejudice and how this fear led them to organize themselves into
local and national organizations, one of which was AHEPA. He
described the factors that influenced AHEPA's founding which
took place in the basement of the first Orthodox church in
Atlanta, then located on Garnett Street and Central Avenue. He
Dr. Victor G. Polizos
Stephen Georgeson
shared the research on the personal histories of the eight founding
members and their families and recognized those family
members in attendance.
In homage to AHEPA's founding, guests gathered for the
dedication of the Founding Monument, June 25. Its prominent
location on a plaza in front of the Cathedral's Hellenic Center
will serve as an educational site for future visitors. By honoring
the founding members and the Order, this monument marks the
celebration of the centennial and all AHEPA family members.
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