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Immigrant Wall of Honor Closures
Here is an updated list of the panels on the Immigrant Wall of Honor that are currently CLOSED to protect them from seawall repair work:
001-050: In a construction area and cannot be viewed.
531-579: Behind a fence, but can be viewed from a distance.
As work resumes on Ellis Island's seawall, the following panels on the Immigrant Wall of Honor are now CLOSED. They are scheduled to re-open in June 2012:
Before you visit us, you can find out if the name you are looking for is on any of these panels by going to the following website:
The sections of the Wall of Honor listed below as CLOSED remain open as of early December. However, they could be closed off at any time, when repair work re-commences on Ellis Island's seawall. We will update this page as soon as any changes occur.
As we mentioned earlier this year, sections of the Immigrant Wall of Honor would close again after the summer. Well, the summer is coming to an end; as a result, the following panels of the Wall are scheduled to close on September 1, 2011:
These closures are scheduled to continue until June 2012.
You can find out if the name you are looking for on the Wall is on any of these panels by going to the following website:
The Immigrant Wall of Honor is OPEN!! A portion of the Wall will close again in August to accommodate work for the "Peopling of America" exhibit, but for the summer, the entire Wall is accessible.
Due to major repair work to Ellis Island's seawall, and other projects, some portions of the Immigrant Wall of Honor are closed to the public.
Please scroll down to see the Wall of Honor panels that are not accessible.
Please note: Updates are in reverse chronological order.
Panels 001-050 of the Immigrant Wall of Honor are now closed to protect them as work is done on Ellis Island's seawall.
Panels 241-290 on the Wall of Honor are also closed.
As restoration work continues on Ellis Island, more sections of the Wall of Honor will be closed.
Work is getting underway to make extensive repairs to Ellis Island's seawall. Some of it will have an effect on your visit. Due to the seawall's proximity, portions of the Immigrant Wall of Honor will be closed off (see details below).
The repairs to the roof of the Main Building are just about complete, but other projects are beginning that require the closure of certain portions of the Immigrant Wall of Honor on Ellis Island. These areas will likely remain closed until the Spring of 2011. The closures are necessary for visitor safety because they are within dangerous, highly active construction zones.
The panel sections involved are:
If you are interested in a name on the wall you can find out if it is on one of these panels at the following website:
We recognize and regret that this will cause disappointment for some visitors. We ask you to bear with us because these projects are vitally important for the future of Ellis Island.
Did You Know?
Since the passage of the "Steerage Act of 1819", passenger manifests have been required for all arriving vessels to be delivered to the U.S. Government and reported to Congress. This document, used for inspection at Ellis Island, has become an important starting point in researching family history.