Kilgarvan in Cobh, County Cork, Ireland
Annie Moore Statue
This sculpture won the Zeneca Ireland Ltd. Commemorative sculpture award. A statue of Annie Moore was also erected at Ellis Island, New York. The Commemoration of Annie Moore at New York and at Cobh was initiated by the Irish American Cultural Institute.
This sculpture is the work of Jeanne Rynhart of Bantry.
Erected 1993 by Cobh Heritage Trust Ltd.
Location. 51° 50.926′ N, 8° 17.926′ W. Marker is in Kilgarvan, County Cork, in Cobh. Marker is on Lower Road. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. S.S. Lusitania (approx. 0.3 kilometers away in Munster); Bishop Roche Park/ Cove Fort (approx. 1.5 kilometers away in Munster); Old Church Cemetery (approx. 1.6 kilometers away in Munster).
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1. Annie Moore: First Immigrant Through Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation notes that the commonly spread story of Ms. Moore's life after immigration to the US is wrong, and that more recent research provides a different picture: ...For years people believed a saga that had Annie moving to Texas and eventually New Mexico before meeting a tragic end. However, it was later discovered that the real Annie never left New York. Late in 1895, she went to St. James Church and there married Joseph Augustus Schayer, a young German-American who worked at the Fulton Fish Market. She gave birth to at least 10 children before dying of heart failure at age 50 in 1924. Her grave in Calvary Cemetery in Queens is marked with a Celtic cross made of limestone imported from Ireland. She spent her entire life on New York’s Lower East Side (one address was 99 Cherry Street). Today Annie Moore is honored by two statues sculpted by Jeanne Rhynhart — one at Cobh Heritage Centre (formerly Queenstown), her port of departure, and the other at Ellis Island, her port of arrival. Her image will forever represent the millions who passed through Ellis Island in pursuit of the American (Submitted on July 23, 2015.)
2. Landed On Ellis Island: New Immigration Buildings Opened Yesterday. The New York Time's account of the new immigration facility and Ms. Moore's entrance: ...As soon as the gangplank was run ashore, Annie tripped across it and was hurried into the big building that almost covers the entire island. By a prearranged plan she was escorted to a registry desk which was temporarily occupied by Mr. Charles M. Hendley, the former private secretary of Secretary Windom. He asked as a special favor the privilege of registering the first immigrant, and Col. Weber granted the request. When the little voyager had been registered Col. Weber presented her with a ten-dollar gold piece and made a short address of congratulation and welcome. It was the first United States coin she had ever seen and the largest sum of money she had ever possessed. She says she will never part with it, but will always keep it as a pleasant memento of the occasion. She was accompanied by her two younger brothers. The trio came to join their parents, who live at 32 Monroe Street, this city. (Submitted on July 23, 2015.)
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