al-Masjid al-Awwal, First Muslim Mosque of Pittsburgh
Located in the former Wylie Avenue Branch of the Pittsburgh public library system, al-Masjid al-Awwal is a mosque that offers both secular and religious instruction, including courses related to Islamic history and culture. African American residents of the city established the mosque in the 1930s. At that time, it was not only the first mosque in the city but also one of the first mosques established by converts to Islam in the United States.
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