Albanian experiences in Maine


Pepperell Manufacturing Company, Biddeford, ca. 1900

Pepperell Manufacturing Company, Biddeford, ca. 1900
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Dyer Library Archives / Saco Museum

The Albanians integrated into the Saco-Biddeford area, and some enlisted to fight in World War I. The Spanish influenza epidemic came to Biddeford in 1918, killing many citizens, including Albanians. Biddeford’s Woodlawn Cemetery has a cluster of Albanian tombstones from this era that face east towards Mecca, and some contain engravings of the crescent and star symbolizing Islam. Other Albanian graves are scattered throughout the cemetery.

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