Ellis Island Immigrant Station was the reception centre for over 12 million immigrants to the United States, the first of whom was Annie Moore from Cork Ireland. Located in Upper New York Bay, immigrants had to sail past the Statue of Liberty on their way to Ellis Island. The reception centre at Ellis Island operated from 1892 to 1954.
Annie Moore who was born in Cork. At the age of 17 she sailed form Cork with her two younger brothers on board SS Nevada on December 20th 1891. Having spent 12 days at sea they arrived in New York Harbour on 31st December. Annie and her brothers were processed through Ellis Island the following day and joined their parents who were already in New York.
Annie Moore was the first person to pass through Ellis Island Immigrant Station in the year 1892 On This Day.
Statue of Annie Moore in Cobh Harbour