Saturday, March 13

Family Albums My time in Birmingham has come to end. This has been an amazing week, and I have heard some incredible stories--stories about Birmingham's history, Greek immigration, the restaurant business, and the families that have been here running cafes and hot dog stands for decades. The photograph pictured here serves as the perfect symbol of my trip. It is a photograph of The Fish Market's George Sarris, holding a photograph of his great-grandfather that was taken in Greece. George carries this photograph around in his wallet as a reminder of his heritage. As another element of this oral history project, we hope to be able to collect images like this one to add to the archive and serve as a genealogical component to our study. While this endeavor originated as an oral history project to capture the history of Greek-owned restaurants in Birmingham, there is still a much bigger tale to tell.