When Charles C. Clark of Fruitland Park visited Cobh, Ireland, he couldnt resist photographing the harborside statue of 15-year-old Annie Moore and her brothers ready to depart for the United States. Annie Moore was the first person to be documented as an immigrant when Ellis Island opened Jan. 2, 1892. With his arm outstretched, one brother seems to be pointing the way to new life in America. The statue, outside Cobh Heritage Centre was unveiled by Irish President Mary Robinson on Feb. 9, 1993. A similar statue stands at Ellis Island. Before Ellis Island closed in 1954, about 12 million immigrants were registered there. In the 102 years from 1848 to 1950, more than 6 million people emigrated from Ireland, and more than 2.5 million of those departed from Cobh, according to the Cobh Heritage Centre.
COURTESY OF CHARLES C. CLARK