Facing discrimination, Sikhs living in America sought ways to stay connected to their religion and culture. The first gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, was founded in Stockton, California in 1912. The Stockton Gurdwara became the heart of organized Sikh religious life in the US. Though the Sikh American community remained small, the resilient, pioneering spirit of its members kept it alive against all odds throughout the coming decades of injustice and oppression.
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