Final Days

Chipped pottery, a corroded steam heater, and paintless window frames hold what’s left of broken glass. Items left behind when the hospital complex on Ellis Island closed in 1930. Over 12 million immigrants were processed through the Ellis Island Immigration Center. One in five was detained at the hospital until their diagnosis was complete. Many moved to the mainland while others returned to their home countries. Some never left the complex as death changed their plans. The hospital complex has been off limits to the public since it’s closing and much of it remains just where it was the day the doors closed. Chipped pottery, corroded metal, broken windows, and relics left behind those final days.

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