Classroom Resource: Annie Moore and the Life of the First Ellis Island Immigrant

A passenger arrival list that includes Annie Moore. US Customs (National Archives) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Ellis Island has become the symbol of the United States as an immigrant nation. For millions of Americans, from 1892 until it closed in 1954, it was where their immigrant ancestors entered the United States.

Annie Moore was the first immigrant to be processed at Ellis Island when it opened on January 1, 1892. We know that she came to the United States from County Cork in Ireland, but what happened to her after that? Listen to this NPR story to learn more.