Little Amal is coming to the Tenement Museum! A 12-foot puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl, Little Amal has traveled 5,000 miles, visiting countries around the world highlighting the refugee experience. As part of her journey, Little Amal is visiting New York City – a global city connecting centuries of immigrant, migrant, and refugee history. Off the shores of Ellis Island, the Lower East Side was one of the first stops for generations of newcomers in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The tenements at 97 and 103 Orchard Street were once home to thousands of immigrants and migrants whose stories the Tenement Museum continues to share. On September 28th, the Lower East Side joins Little Amal’s traveling festival of art and hope – with her walk starting right in front of the Tenement Museum Visitor Center and Shop.
Connected by their experiences as refugees, Amal is welcomed by Victoria Confino, a Sephardic Jewish teenager who immigrated to the United States in 1913 and lived with her family at 97 Orchard Street. Victoria will share stories with Amal before sending off her new friend as Amal heads to Chinatown.
We welcome you to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime experience!