Oct. 1, 2016 - Jan. 9, 2017
Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration
at the Statue of Liberty National Monument
New York, NY 10004
Before the construction of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the World Trade Center, Manhattan’s lower west side was home to one of the largest and earliest communities of Arab Americans in the nation. Little Syria, NY: An Immigrant Community’s Life & Legacy tells the story of this neighborhood from its beginnings in the late 1800s to its legacy in Brooklyn and beyond.
“I believe that you have inherited from your forefathers an ancient dream, a song, a prophecy, which you can proudly lay as a gift of gratitude upon the lap of America.” – Kahlil Gibran, I Believe in You (to the Americans of Syrian origin)
AANM’s Little Syria, NY: An Immigrant Community’s Life & Legacy exhibition documents and celebrates the rich history of New York’s first Arab American community. In doing so, it provides a space for reflection and discussion on the presence of Arab Americans throughout society. Further, the exhibition builds community history while serving as a source of pride for all Americans of Arab heritage. The community history that this exhibit presents places the Arab American experience in context with the greater American narrative. A narrative of striving immigrants building new lives and contribution to a new country while cherishing and preserving their cultural heritage.
The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration is a part of the National Parks Service’s Statue of Liberty National Monument and is accessible via ferry service operated by Statue Cruises. For more information on ferry tickets and schedule, click HERE
. The ferry fee is the only cost of accessing Ellis Island and viewing the exhibition.
For more information on traveling to the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, please click HERE
The Arab American National Museum wishes to thank the sponsors of Little Syria, NY: An Immigrant Community’s Life & Legacy at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration:
Mr. Michael Farah
Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
Mr. and Mrs. Elias and Annette Aburdene
The Gabriel Company, LLC
In Memory of Nasri G. Jalinos
The Mafoud Family and Damascus Bakery
Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Audrey Sahadi and Mr. Robert Sahadi
Bassam and Salam Barazi
In Honor of Mansour and Salwa Elhilow
Mr. Assad Jebara
Moroccan American Cultural Center
Ned B. Stonbely Family
Mr. Amer Bisat
Mrs. Inea Bushnaq Engler
National Federation of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs
Mr. and Mrs. Nofal and Elisabeth Barbar
Mr. Monir Barakat
Dr. Alexander Khandji
This exhibition was researched, developed and produced by the Arab American National Museum.
Made possible in part by
And the Arab American Community of New York