The Lessons of The Great Hunger
This memorial commemorates the struggle and pain of those Irish who fled their homeland in the face of a hunger of catastrophic proportions. It celebrates their courage and honors them for opening the door for others. Their story springs from one dark period in the history of a distant island, but their journey and arrival changed the face of American life and forged an enduring link between Ireland and America.
• As it was for the Irish long ago, America remains a hopeful refuge from suffering and injustice. The Irish experience, its traumas and its triumphs, stands as a model from which we can learn and grow. "The Irish, by being the first and the largest urban minority group with which American society had to deal, and by working their way into the general society, would constitute an example for the array of other immigrants who would follow them" (Dennis Clark).
• In 1994, speaking at the site of a quarantine station at Grosse Isle, Quebec, where 5,300 Irish died in 1847, Mary Robinson, President of Ireland, challenged her listeners to be participants in history rather than mere spectators: "If we are participants then we realize there are no inevitable victims....If we are participants, we engage with the present in terms of the past."
• In looking at this monument on the edge of a river in a great
• We must be mindful that prejudice still exists, especially toward newly arrived immigrants. Let this memorial serve as a beacon of hope to all who come here. To them we say in greeting: "Céad míle fáilte!" One hundred thousand welcomes!
Above: Refugees from the Irish Starvation, William and Mary McCloskey, and their family at a reunion on their Adams County, Pennsylvania farm. Circa 1902.
Right: Students from St. Francis de Sales school in West Philadelphia, 2003. The parish was founded by Irish immigrants in 1890. Photography, Joanna Lightner.
Erected 2003 by Concerned Citizens and Organizations. (Marker Number 8.)
Location. 39° 56.876′ N, 75° 8.509′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on Chestnut Street east of Front Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: I-95 Park (100 South Front Street), Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker.
More about this marker. Marker is part of The Irish Memorial.
Also see . . .
1. The Irish Memorial [Philadelphia]. (Submitted on March 30, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Irish in America: The Long Journey: Success (Documentary on YouTube). (Submitted on March 30, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 30, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 30, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 2. submitted on March 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 28, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.