Syrian Cultural Garden

Rockefeller Park Syrian Cultural Garden

The Syrian Cultural Garden in Rockefeller Park is the many gardens representing those cultures that call Northeast Ohio their home. The Syrian Cultural Garden was dedicated in 2011. It contains elements from the different aspects of Syrian heritage such as the Arches of Palmyra, the Amphitheater of Basra and the Arabic Fountain.

It also contains several of pedestals which outline Syrian history including the immigration to America. One contains “A Message to Young Americans of Syrian Origin” by Khalil Gibran, written in 1919. Here Gibran writes “I believe in you, and I believe in your destiny, I believe that you are contributors to this new civilization, I believe that you have inherited from your forefathers an ancient dream, a song, a prophecy, which you can proudly lay as a gift of gratitude upon the lap of America.”

The first Syrian (Arab) immigrant is reported to come to Cleveland in 1895, with a large influx of Syrians in the 1920’s.

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A bust of a Syrian Poet in the garden.