Today in labor history: Ellis Island closed

On this day in 1924 Ellis Island closed as immigration entry point. After 1924 the famous island in Jersey City instead served as a detention and deportation center until 1954. After World War 2 Germans soldiers were imprisoned there as well as those on the left deemed hostile during the McCarthy period. Today Ellis Island houses an immigration museum. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were closed after damage by Hurricane Sandy. The storm hit a day after the Statue of Liberty reopened. It had just completed a year long renovation. Albert Einstein, F. Scott Fitzgerald and George Gershwin were among the millions of immigrants that were processed prior to the 1924 closure.

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