About Annie Moore
On January 1, 1892, Fifteen year old Annie Moore stepped off a ferryboat in New York City harbor to become the first registered immigrant to pass through ellis island, the now-famous immigraton center.
The Young Irish girl from County Cork and two younger brothers had spent the previous two weeks, including Christmas, crossing the Atlantic Ocean aboard the S.S. Nevada to join their parents, already living in New York. The ship arrived in port the night of December 31, 1891. The children and their fellow passengers were transferred by ferry from the ship to Ellis Island the following morning, New Years Day and also Annie's Fifteenth birthday.
To her great surprise, a welcoming committee of officials, gathered to inaugurate the new immigrant processing center, met Annie on the dock. As the first immigrant down the gangplank, Annie was awarded a certificate and a ten-dollar gold coin, more money than she had ever seen before. Amid the clamor of celebratory foghorns and boat whistles in the harbor, the wide-eyed teenager was the ushered into the facility where her name was the first entered into Ellis Island's registration books.
Annie spent the rest of her life in New York City, where she married a Manhattan bakery clerk and had eleven children before her death in 1924. A bronze statue of Annie now stands at Ellis Island to commemorate her story and to celebrate the millions of hopeful, courageous immigrants like Annie who have arrived on our shores in pursuit of the American Dream.