251 Joseph Avenue, Rochester NY | Unmarked Location
Emma Goldman's parents, Abraham and Taube, emigrated from Russia in late 1886 to join their three daughters Emma, Helena, and Lena. They moved in above a ground-floor furniture store that Abraham would operate at 175 Saint Joseph Street (255 Joseph after a renumbering of Rochester streets). The sisters Emma, Helena, and Lena moved in with them shortly after their arrival.
While residing here, Emma took her second garment-making job and entered into her loveless marriage.
The Site. The neighborhood where the Goldman home was located was replaced by Wilson Commencement Park, a private apartment complex and social services center established in 1991 to help single-parent families transition from public assistance to self-sufficiency.
Thanks to Timothy Binga and Christopher Philippo for research assistance.