'Little Syria' exhibit heading 'home' to New York

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Posted: May 24, 2016 11:42 AM

DETROIT (AP) — An exhibition about one of the earliest Arab American settlements heads to places near the old New York neighborhood where it first laid roots, and the spot where many immigrants first entered the U.S.

"Little Syria, N.Y.: An Immigrant Community's Life and Legacy," created by the Arab American National Museum, opens Wednesday at the New York City Department of Records. It documents the once-thriving Lower Manhattan neighborhood that was home to many Arabs during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The exhibit heads to the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration Oct. 1 and then the Metropolitan College of New York on Jan. 20.

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Officials with the museum, based in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, say having the exhibit in these places helps further its mission of placing the Arab American story within the larger American story.