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Ellis Island was the gateway through which more than 12 million immigrants passed between 1892 and 1954 in their search for freedom of speech and religion, and for economic opportunity in the United States.
Ellis Island was incorporated as part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument on May 11, 1965. Between 1892 and 1954, approximately 12 million steerage and third class steamship passengers who entered the United States through the port of New York were legally and medically inspected at Ellis Island. Reopened on September 10, 1990 after a massive restoration, the Main Building on Ellis Island is now a museum dedicated to the history of immigration and the important role this island claimed during the mass migration of humanity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
The museum exhibits chronicle Ellis Island s role in immigration history, and view it in the context of its time and the still broader context of four centuries of immigration to America.
The exhibits also portray and give voice to the immigrants themselves. Each of their stories is unique and bears witness to the courage and determination that enables men and women to leave their homes and seek new opportunities in an unknown land. Because of its unique historical importance, it was declared part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965. After a six-year, $162 million renovation, it reopened to the public as a museum in 1990.
Ferry departs from South Ferry, at Battery Park. See above website for details: Plan Your Visit.
See also the above map — look for LIBERTY ISLAND next to Ellis Island.
Standing at the entrance to New York harbor is a 151-foot statue of a woman holding a book and a torch on-high.
“Liberty Enlightening the World” was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States to commemorate the 100th anniversary of American independence. After Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi prefabricated the figure in Paris by molding sheets of cooper over a stainless-steel framework, it was shipped to the United States in 241 crates in 1885.
Some of the money to erect the statue was contributed by American school children. The sculptor intended his work to be an immense and impressive symbol of human liberty.
It was certainly that for millions of immigrants who came to America in the 19th century seeking freedom and fulfillment of their dreams. It has continued to inspire people across the world, as in 1989 when the Chinese students at Tianammen Square made a model of the Statue of Liberty to symbolize their revolution.
The Statue of Liberty National Monument officially celebrated her 100th birthday on October 28, 1986. Over the years, the Statue of Liberty has grown to include freedom and democracy as well as this international friendship Ferry to America’s favorite symbol of freedom departs from South Ferry, at Battery Park. Seven days.