The largest groups of Russians in Lorain emigrated from Russia due to Anti-Semitism from the Russian empire’s government. They arrived as Jewish refugees in the early 20th century following Russian leader Alexander III’s pogroms, or anti-Jewish riots, in 1881. Additional Russians steelworkers came and on November 30, 1913, they founded SS Peter and Paul Russian Byzantine Orthodox church at 2238 East 32nd Street in South Lorain. The era between the beginning of pogroms (1881) in Russia and the beginning of World War I (1914) is referred to as the First Wave of emigration from the Russian Empire, in which over 3.2 million immigrants arrived.
Photo taken on July 30, 2003. SS Peter and Paul Russian Byzantine Orthodox church at the corner E 32nd and Gary in South Lorain