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We Came to Fish, We Came to Work: Stories of Immigration

Read the article online here. It includes links to the digital version of the exhibit.

New Bedford Light

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

As a nonprofit, nonpartisan community news outlet dedicated to representing the diverse voices and images of our place, The New Bedford Light is pleased to share this remarkable series produced by New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center.


The Port of New Bedford has long drawn immigrants from around the world. Despite differences in language and culture, a highly-valued fishing industry developed, drawing on the strengths of immigrants from all over the world including Cape Verde, Guatemala, Norway, Nova Scotia, Vietnam, and Portugal. This exhibit explores why and how people came to New Bedford and how they became involved in the working waterfront.

The people and stories profiled in this exhibit are a small representation of the many different communities that make up New Bedford’s working waterfront.

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