My object is a painting of Saint George. Saint George is a saint in the Greek Orthodox church. The painting was given to me by my grandfather. The picture shows Saint George on a horse slaying the dragon. There is a long story behind the painting about Saint George slaying the dragon. My grandfather brought this painting with him to the United States when he was 7 years old. He immigrated to the United States in 1947 from Greece with his parents and his two siblings. My Grandfather's father was searching for a better life and more opportunities. My Grandfather couldn’t bring everything he owned to America. He chose to bring this painting because it would always remind him of his religion and where he came from. This saint symbolizes me because my name is also George and I look up to this saint. I chose this object because it reminds me of my ancestors home country. It reminds me of my religion and it also reminds me of my Grandfathers story. It is very important to me because the saint has the same name as me. This painting means a lot to my family because it reminds us all of my Grandfathers immigration stories. It also reconnects us with our culture and our identity. This object represents me because it is based on my ancestors home country, Greece. And it represents my Grandfathers immigration story.

Place(s): Greece
Year: 1947

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Relationship:  Grandchild of im/migrant Grandchild of im/migrant