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Place Category: Memorial & Statue
A statue of Annie Moore, the first immigrant to the US to arrive at Ellis Island inspection station, is standing in the exhibitions in the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. The Irish artist Jeanne Rynhart created this statue and a statue of Moore with her two brothers, located at Cobh Heritage Centre in Cork, their departure port.
17 years old Moore arrived from Queenstown, Ireland, in New York with her two younger brothers on January 1st, 1892. They traveled for ten days on the Nevada steamship to join their parents, who immigrated three years earlier. Upon her arrival, a US officer welcomed her and gave her a 10 dollar coin. Over the years, Moore settled down in NYC, got married, and had 11 kids. She died in 1924.
The statue, a gift for the American people from the Irish-American Cultural Institute, was unveiled on May 18th, 1993, by the president of Ireland, Mary Robinson.
More things to do at Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration:
- Enjoy the NYC skyline and the views of the Statue of Liberty.
- Explore the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration and its three floors of exhibits about the history and experience of the immigrants who came to build a new life in America; Check out your ancestry in the collection of arrival records.
- Continue with the ferry to Liberty Island and travel to the grounds of the Statue of Liberty.
Ellis Island can only be accessed by a ferry (operated by Statue Cruises) from Battery Park in Manhattan or Liberty State Park in New Jersey.
Address: Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration @ Statue of Liberty National Monument, NY, 10004Opening Hours: Daily 9:30 AM - 4:45 PM
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