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Armenian Community Marks 100th Anniversary Of Atrocities

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Friday marks the 100th anniversary of the killing of as many as 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire. In the heart of Providence's historic...

Friday marks the 100th anniversary of the killing of as many as 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire.

In the heart of Providence's historic Armenian community, the Smith Hill Library has been hosting events all month to commemorate the tragedy. 

"The Armenians have had a very rich history in Smith Hill," said Librarian Jennifer Romans. "So we thought that with the 100th anniversary, it made sense to do some programming around it."

Events at the library have included a presentation about what many historians call the Armenian Genocide, although the Turkish government has resisted the use of the term genocide.

The library has also hosted programs focused on Armenian culture, including an introduction to the Armenian alphabet and language. Romans, who is also a children's specialist, says she tailored many of those programs for children.

"When I talk with the children, I'm not really emphasizing the genocide," she explained. "I work with them just trying to emphasize costume and lifestyle and talk about different elements of the culture."

Some 600 members of Rhode Island's Armenian community plan to travel to New York over the weekend to participate in events marking the tragedy.

Armenian Community Marks 100th Anniversary Of Atrocities
Armenian Community Marks 100th Anniversary Of Atrocities