Lawrence, MA

Known as the “Immigrant City,” Lawrence has always welcomed multi-ethnic populations and multiculturalism as a gateway city with a high percentage of foreign-born residents.

The city was built in the 1840s and is known as the nation’s first planned industrial city. In the early 20th century, Lawrence was a global leader in cotton and textile production and the site of the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike, one of the more important events in workers’ labor struggles. The massive mill buildings lining the Merrimack River, the large clock and bell tower, and the breathtaking Great Stone Dam are all a tribute to Lawrence’s industrial heritage. If you’re seeking to view industrial New England history, Lawrence is the place to see.