The White House confirmed Wednesday that it will display the Armenian Orphan Rug, also known as the Ghazir Rug, as part of an exhibit at the White House Visitors Center.
The Rug, woven by orphans as a gesture of thanks for U.S. help following the horrific loss of Armenian life between 1915 and 1923, will be on display along with other artifacts Nov. 18-23.
The decision follows an extended lobbying campaign, both in public and behind the scenes, by Armenian-American activists, organizations like the Armenian Assembly of America and their allies.
“We have worked to find a dignified way to display the Rug so that Americans can come to see this important artifact, and learn about an important chapter of the shared history of the Armenian and American peoples,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, said in a statement Wednesday.
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Schiff had joined with Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, and 31 other members of Congress in writing the White House to urge display of the rug.