January 1st, 1928
Annie Moore, a fifteen-year old Irish girl, passes through Ellis Island, becoming the first of more than 12 million immigrants who would enter the United States through its doors during its sixty-two years in operation. In 1903, a poem was engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the pedestal's lower level. The poem would shine a light on America’s role in the world to help those in need.
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
RST is celebrating 40 years of open hearts and fresh starts this year. In honor of our 40th anniverasry, RST is looking back on the history of refugees and the contibutions they have made to the world.