Immigration Statue welcomes Visitors to Cape Breton

Immigration Statue

By Greg McNeil © Cape Breton Post

SYDNEY — A symbol of the importance of immigration to Cape Breton is now greeting new visitors to the island.

A dedication ceremony to mark the donation of this statue entitled “Land of Our Own” by Cape Breton native William Ernest Brown is scheduled for Wednesday at the Sydney Marine Terminal. The statue was placed along a walkway near the terminal last month. Steve Wadden - Cape Breton Post

The sculpture by Cape Breton native William Ernest Brown entitled “Land of Our Own” was erected near the Sydney Marine Terminal last month to salute the diversity of people who came to Cape Breton.

“It’s the symbol of an immigrant arriving in a new land searching for a home, a man and his son. When tourists come it makes things more interesting, so we see it not only as a memorial to immigration but it also helps to enhance the wharf area as a tourist attraction,” said Greg MacLeod, who is organizing a dedication ceremony Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the marine terminal. Brown will be available for a meet-and-greet at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavillion following the ceremony.

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