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Oct. 10, 2013 - Jan. 15, 2014


Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

311 Elmer L. Andersen Library

222 21st Ave. South

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455



Hours: weekdays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Little Syria postcard
In the late 1800s, immigrants from the Arab World began settling in lower Manhattan. Their entrepreneurial spirit transformed the neighborhood, which came to be known as Little Syria, into a thriving community lined with shops, restaurants and coffeehouses, each furnished with signs written in their native Arabic. Here Arab Americans raised their families, educated their children, formed religious and community organizations and gradually became part of the life of New York.

Although razed to make way for the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel and later the World Trade Center, the impact of this community resonates in the current Arab American community of New York and the dozens of similar communities nationwide. This exhibition documents the life of this immigrant community, recognizing Little Syria’s contribution to the city of New York, its connections to the Arab World, and its legacy across the United States.


"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


This exhibition was researched, developed and produced by the Arab American National Museum and is made possible in part by

Ford Foundation


as well as the Arab American Community of New York


13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126 - Phone (313) 582-AANM (2266) A Project of ACCESS