Beginning in the 1890s, Lebanese immigrants arrived in America’s eastern and southern port cities. They traveled by the hundreds
by train to various regions of North Carolina, where they left a lasting impression on the state’s civic, social, political, religious and cultural life.
In 1975, another wave of Lebanese immigrants began to arrive in the state. The civil war in Lebanon, which started that year, prompted over 1.2 million Lebanese to emigrate over the next 35 years. Many of those who left Lebanon moved to North Carolina and made it their home, increasing the Lebanese population in North Carolina to more than 16,000 and enriching the state culturally as well economically.
Cedars in the Pines combines interviews with first-, second- and third-generation -Americans in NC, along with records found in the US Census, historical societies, churches, and research libraries as well as in family albums. Capturing oral histories of the Lebanese community, this documentary weaves an intimate narrative of immigration, family and memory.
Cedars in the Pines is made possible by the Khayrallah Program for-American Studies.

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