Recognizing Chatham-Kent’s Heritage

Antonio Perini stands next to the rock that will be placed in Kingston Park. Aug 10 2014 (Photo courtesy of Christina Perini)

A commemorative rock could be placed in Kingston Park, recognizing the hard work of displaced Italian immigrants in Chatham-Kent.

Lega-Istriana Social Club of Chatham-Kent President Christina Perini says the club approached the city. “So that that way we can commemorate our community and the fact that Canada offered our people to make their life again,” reveals Perini. “Because when they did leave for political reasons they had to leave everything they had and started a new life here.”

In the 1950s, some 400 families were forced from their homes in Istria and moved to the area to work for the Redpath Sugar Beet Company.

The Lega-Istriana Social Club of Chatham-Kent made the request to Chatham-Kent Council and would cover the cost of the rock.