The American Immigrant Wall of Honor®
What is the Wall of Honor?
The American Immigrant Wall of Honor is a permanent exhibit of individual or family names featured at Ellis Island in New York Harbor. It is the only place in the United States where an individual can honor his or her family heritage at a National Monument.
Where is the Wall of Honor?
The American Immigrant Wall of Honor is located at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty. Currently inscribed with over 700,000 names, the Wall is situated just outside the Great Hall at Ellis Island and overlooks the lower Manhattan skyline.
Is my ancestor eligible for inclusion on the Wall of Honor?
The American Immigrant Wall of Honor is open to all entries. Included are names representing all ethnicities, all years of arrival, all points of entry, and all modes of travel. Names represent families and individuals, both living and deceased. Some names have been inscribed to commemorate the centennial of an ancestorís arrival. New Americans inscribe their names to celebrate their naturalization. The common element that ties these names together is the celebration of American immigration.
How can I place a name on the Wall of Honor?
You can place a name on The American Immigrant Wall of Honor using our online order form or you can contact us to request information which will be sent via U.S. mail. For each contribution of $150, you can honor the name of a family or individual for future generations.
What else can you tell me about the Wall of Honor?
The American Immigrant Wall of Honor was designed by Ralph Appelbaum Associates, the firm which designed the exhibits at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Virtually every nationality is represented on the Wall from every inhabited continent on the face of the earth. Those who endured forced migration from slavery are included, as are our own earliest settlers, the American Indian.
The famous take their place among the hundreds of thousands of unsung individuals who are heroes to their grateful descendants. Some famous names to look for include the following:
Colonel John Washington, great-grandfather of George Washington
Myles Standish, landing at Plymouth Rock on the Mayflower in 1620
Priscilla Mullens Alden, wife of John Alden
Paul Rivoire, Paul Revere's father
Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, the first American saint
The great-grandparents of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy;
— Patrick and Bridget Murphy Kennedy;
— James and Martha Field Hickey;
— Thomas and Rosanna Cox Fitzgerald;
— Michael and Mary Ann Fitzgerald Hannon
and many more...