Lavon and Popkins Zakarian, Portland, ca. 1910
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Brothers Lavon (left) and Popkins (right) Zakarian were part of the Armenian community in Maine, one of the oldest in America.
Popkins Zakarian (1903-1980) was born in Bulgaria and immigrated to Portland with his Armenian parents, Mary and John, and brother, Lavon, around 1904. He worked in an Armenian grocery store, and later operated a linoleum business in Portland for 50 years. Lavon went to the University of Maine and had a distinguished football career.
The first Armenian immigrants arrived in Maine in 1896 to escape growing persecution in Turkey. Hundreds more arrived by the time of the Armenian Genocide in 1915.
- Title: Lavon and Popkins Zakarian, Portland, ca. 1910
- Creation Date: circa 1910
- Subject Date: circa 1910
- Town: Portland
- County: Cumberland
- State: ME
- Media: Photograph
- Local Code: 1995.304.006, Coll. 4000 Box 1
- Collection: Popkins Zakarian
- Object Type: Image
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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
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LC Subject Headings
United States--Emigration and immigration
Emigration and immigration--Bulgaria
Emigration & immigration--United States
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