Providence’s Chinatown exhibit documents history of city’s Chinese population

ONE OF THE photos displayed as part of the Providence's Chinatown exhibit. The On Leong Chinese Merchants Association, which held its national conference at the Providence Biltmore, is one testament to the active Chinese business community that resided in downtown Providence during the early to mid-20th century. / COURTESY ANGELA FENG
ONE OF THE photos displayed as part of the Providence's Chinatown exhibit. The On Leong Chinese Merchants Association, which held its national conference at the Providence Biltmore, is one testament to the active Chinese business community that resided in downtown Providence during the early to mid-20th century. / COURTESY ANGELA FENG
PROVIDENCE – In the 1950s, Lilian Chin Godin grew up in a now-nonexistent, three-story mill building at 6 Warner’s Lane in downtown Providence, right above her family’s grocery store. Godin’s home and the grocery store also shared the space with the On Leong Chinese Merchants Association headquarters – a national organization for Chinese business leaders…

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