From Greece to Atlanta an immigrant's journey

Have you ever imagined what it would be like if you or someone very close to you had not been born in the United States?

Atlanta native, Solon Patterson, was raised by a couple who immigrated here from Greece.

Pete Papadopoulos came over to the United States by himself in 1901, when he was only 14 years old. In order to fit in better in the United States he translated his name from Papodopoulos to Patterson and had to train himself to speak without an accent.

Solon's mother struggled to adjust to life in America. Fotine and Pete wanted their two sons to have a better lifestyle and worked very hard to put their kids through college so they could eventually achieve success.

If it had not been for Pete Papodopoulos, my great grandfather, I would never have even existed. I am so proud of all that he accomplished and am honored to be the great granddaughter of an immigrant.

Created By
Meg Patterson

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