Dorothea Anagnostopoulos

Roslyn Smith


Dorothea Anagnostopoulos speaks about her home in Greece where she, her parents and two siblings lived in a small house without electricity and everyone slept in one bedroom. Her father came from a large family with 9 brothers and all the brothers worked picking apples on their apple farm. Her father had a party store, but business was not good and he decided to move to the United States. His wife's sister lived in the United States and she helped her father to immigrate. The aunt introduced her father to people in Greektown. Her father washed dishes in Greektown restaurants in the nighttime and after obtaining a bicycle he sold ice cream on the street from his bicycle in the daytime. The rest of the family was able to immigrate after an investigation was made which included asking their neighbors in Greece if they were a good family. When Ms. Anagnostopoulos was eleven, she came by boat to New York and then by train to Detroit. Her father eventually opened a bakery in Greektown and then a grocery store. Her father and mother did not become citizens because they could not pass the written test. Other members of the family immigrated to Canada.

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  • Date Interviewed: Thursday, 01 March 2012
  • Interviewer: Dorothea Pehrson


Immigration to the U.S.

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Detroit Journeys Collection

Detroit Journeys Collection

The Detroit Journeys Collection features interviews focusing on the experiences of individuals migrating within the U.S. or from outside the U.S. to Detroit, Michigan.

Experiences Collection

Experiences Collection

The Experiences Collection features two sections. The first section includes interviews with women from Bennett College who participated in the Woolworth's Lunch Counter civil rights demonstration in Greensboro, North Carolina. The second section includes interviews with migrant workers from Homestead, Florida.

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