Selected Images • The Story Of Annie Moore

Photography is my obsession and when traveling the world often images just present themselves. Most are random impressions with little context but some seem to suggest at a self contained story. Still others leave me wanting to find out more about what I stumbled upon. Here’s a glimpse of just why we travel…

On the waterfront in Cobh, Ireland stands a statue of a young girl with her two younger brothers. Her name was Annie Moore and her brothers were Anthony and Phillip. They are remembered because they were the first immigrants to enter the United States of America through Ellis Island. The statue and a duplicate at Ellis Island in New York were erected by the Ellis Island Foundation “to forever represent the millions who passed through Ellis Island in pursuit of the American dream.”

On January 1, 1892, Ellis Island immigration station in New York Harbor officially opened its doors and welcomed its first immigrant, Annie Moore, 17, arriving from Queenstown, County Cork (now called Cobh). The 17-year-old Moore set sail from Queenstown with her two brothers on the ship S.S. Nevada. They were coming to America to meet their parents who had arrived in New York two years earlier. The three siblings spent 12 days at sea, including Christmas, and arrived in the harbor on Dec 31, 1891. She was greeted by officials who gave her a $10 gold coin and all three Moore children were reunited with their parents, according to the Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Foundation. Moore remained in New York and in 1895 married Joseph Augustus Schayer, a German-American working at the Fulton Fish Market. They were married at St. James Church. She went on to have at least ten children and died at the age of 50, in 1924.

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