For the past two years, we have been collecting personal materials from Lebanese-American families throughout the state. But, for our documentary, Cedars in the Pines: The Lebanese in North Carolina, we conducted extensive research on the way of life in North Carolina during the first wave of immigration from Lebanon and other areas.
NEW to our collection are newspaper clippings from Wilmington papers that refer to “Syrians” from 1877-1942. The subject and tone of these articles display a range of perspective on the arrival of peddlers Check out some of the ways Syrian immigrants were represented in local papers here. Below is an example of two newspaper clippings–one from 1900 and another from 1931.