The history of Birmingham’s first Middle Eastern community began with the arrival in 1910 of Christian immigrants from the areas known today as Syria and Lebanon. Birmingham’s Early Middle Eastern Community: Celebrating Life and Liturgy, created in collaboration with the St. Elias and St. George congregations, features artifacts highlighting the religious, economic, and social lives of the community.

Birmingham’s Early Middle Eastern Community runs from January 29, 2023 through January 2024.  The exhibit is located in the Linn-Henley Gallery inside Vulcan Center. Vulcan Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibit is included in the cost of admission.   

Birmingham’s Early Middle Eastern Community continues our exploration of the people and cultures who have made Birmingham what it is today. This exhibit is sponsored by Alabama Humanities Alliance, Zyne Family Foundation, Benjamin & Francis David Foundation, The St Elias Maronite Catholic Church, The Saint George Melkite Greek-Catholic Church with additional support provided by: Birmingham Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Protective, Vulcan Materials, and Regions.

A special thank you to our sponsors for making this exhibit possible:

Benjamin & Francis David Foundation



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