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Mar 27, 2015 9:10 AM

Museum's 'Little Syria' exhibit going to Ellis Island

The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) The Arab American National Museum is sending its exhibition about one of the earliest Arab-American settlements to Ellis Island.

The "Little Syria" exhibit documents the once-thriving Lower Manhattan neighborhood home to many Arabs during the immigration wave of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The exhibit, created by the museum in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, runs from October to Jan. 9, 2017, at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

Arab museum director Devon Akmon tells The Associated Press that having the exhibit at the historic immigrant gateway helps further his institution's goal "to place the Arab-American story in the context of the great American story."

The museum is expected to announce plans for the exhibit and other events Friday during its 10th anniversary year, which begins in May.


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