Forty new citizens, most of them residents of Paterson, took the Oath of Allegiance to the United States at a ceremony held at the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park on Wednesday, Oct. 2.
The park hosted the naturalization ceremony in its new amphitheater in partnership with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Darren Boch, park superintendent, said, “It’s fitting to become a new citizen here, as this was the site of the nation’s first planned industrial city, a city built by immigrants and founded by Alexander Hamilton, himself a great immigrant success story.” It’s the fifth annual naturalization ceremony to take place at the park.
Award-winning photographer Tom Franklin attended the ceremony and provided this photo essay.
Now an assistant professor at Montclair State University, Franklin was a Pulitzer Prize finalist as a photographer for the Bergen Record, and is perhaps best known for his iconic flag-raising photograph taken at Ground Zero on Sept. 11. He is currently working on a project on immigration and migration.