Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country

Image: James Jabara, U.S. Air Force

The original run of this exhibition at AANM was Nov. 11, 2011 – Aug. 12, 2012 in the Main Floor Gallery, since traveling to many venues across the U.S. (listed below).



Arab Americans have been an integral part of the United States of America since its inception, contributing to our society in myriad ways, including public service. Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country tells true stories of heroism and self-sacrifice that affirm the important role Arab Americans have played in our country throughout its history.

Patriots & Peacemakers highlights three specific areas of service: the U.S. Armed Forces, diplomatic service and the Peace Corps. Personal narratives highlight Arab American men and women of different national and religious backgrounds. The exhibition also encourages visitors to consider how commitment to service impacts them in their daily lives.

A companion exhibition, Fighting for Democracy: Who is the “We” in “We, the People”? highlights the stories of seven diverse individuals, their service to their country during World War II and their civic engagement that helped to change American democracy for the betterment of all.

March 9 – May 9, 2017
Lansing Community College Library
Lansing, MI

Sept. 6, 2016 – Feb. 28, 2017
University of Michigan – Flint Thompson Library
Flint, MI

July 1 – Sept. 4, 2015
U.S. Department of State – Harry S. Truman Building
Washington, D.C.

Jan. 24 – June 14, 2015
University of Texas – San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

Nov. 10-14, 2014
Russell Senate Office Building rotunda
Washington, D.C.

Oct. 2 – Nov. 20 2014
Alif Institute
Atlanta, GA

Aug. 14 – Sept. 23, 2014
Kennesaw State University
Atlanta, GA

July 15 – Oct. 15, 2013
Brown vs. Board of Education Nat’l Historic Site
Topeka, KS

March 11 – April 5, 2013
University of Houston
Houston, TX

Feb. 16 – April 14, 2013
Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles, CA

Jan. 5-26, 2013
University of California
Irvine, CA

Nov. 2 – Dec. 15, 2012
Jacksonville Public Library
Jacksonville, FL

AANM gratefully acknowledges the following individuals for their contributions to Patriots & Peacemakers:

Sen. Dan Inouye; Rep. John D. Dingell; Sen. Carl Levin; Sen. Debbie Stabenow.


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  • November 11, 2011 - August 12, 2012