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Va.'s first long-term Polish enclave recognized

Friday - 12/20/2013, 8:58am  ET

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) -- The state's first long-term Polish settlement is being recognized with a historical marker from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

The marker will be dedicated Saturday in the city of Chesapeake to recognize the "Sunray" settlement. The settlement was originally known as the Piast colony, which harkens to Poland's first royal dynasty. It became known as Sunray after the Virginia Railway company opened a depot there in 1910.

Polish immigrants who worked in mines and factories settled the Sunray community and ultimately developed prosperous family farms.

Saturday's dedication will take place in front of the old Sunray schoolhouse on Homestead Road. Speakers will include the pastor at St. Mary's Catholic Church and Chesapeake Mayor Alan Krasnoff.

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