Worcester is the second largest city in New England. It was first inhabited by the Nipmuc tribe, who called the area Quinsigamond, until English settlers took it and renamed it Worcester, after a city in England.
African-Americans have lived in Worcester since the era of slavery, and since then, the city has also been home to immigrants from all over the world: Irish, Italians, Lithuanians, Poles, Syrians, Lebanese, Indians, Puerto Ricans, French Canadians, Albanians, Brazilians, Russians, Armenians, Greeks, Vietnamese, Ghanaians, Liberians, and Congolese.
Once a major manufacturing hub, Worcester’s working-class suffered the loss of thousands of jobs after World War II, when factories moved down South and overseas. Neighbor to Neighbor founded our Worcester chapter in 1996 to ensure that working-class people and people of color in Worcester are treated with dignity and respect, with the jobs, housing, schools, and health care we need to live full lives.