This memorial, like others in Portland, reflects on and promotes the remembrance of an international tragedy.
It also commemorates the Armenian families who escaped genocide by the Turkish government in 1915 and settled in Portland. It was dedicated in 2003 and located on Cumberland Avenue between Franklin Arterial and Boyd street. The monument, inscribed in Armenian and English, faces the Bayside area where many Armenian families settled between 1900 and 1925. Armenian women in Portland, before the large scale migration, were influential in helping bring and settle the newer refugees. Later, some Armenian women, like Margaret Barber, who died at 98 in 2013, helped keep alive their culture through food, music and dance.