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Immigration, Civil Rights, and What it Means to be an American, Part I


When: Thursday, June 6, 2024, 7:45AM - 3:30PM

Event Location: Program begins at Castle Clinton, Battery Park

Cost: Free

A Chancellor’s Day Professional Learning Workshop
CTLE: 8 Credits

Join the Tenement Museum and National Park Service’s Manhattan Sites for a special in-person professional learning workshop looking at early immigration to New York through New York’s first immigration station, Castle Garden, and our tenement at 97 Orchard Street. Throughout the day, this workshop will look at the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to see their influence on early immigration laws. At the Tenement Museum, we will retrace the footsteps of Joseph and Bridget Moore who immigrated to the United States from Ireland, and learn about Joseph Moore, a free African-American man, who migrated from New Jersey, and his wife Rachel.

Through an exploration of Castle Clinton (formerly known as Castle Garden), primary sources, a walking tour, etc, teachers will learn:

  • The impact the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments had on early immigration laws.
  • How immigrants were processed at the Castle Garden immigration station, New York’s first immigration station.
  • The push and pulls for both Joseph Moores to leave their home and immigrate or migrate to New York.
  • Why both Moore families chose to live in the tenements of Lower Manhattan.

Please Note: The group will be meeting at Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park, Lower Manhattan. This workshop involves a lot of walking outdoors. Please dress comfortably. Lunch is included and 8 CTLE credits will be awarded at the end of the day. If you have any questions about the workshop or food allergies/dietary needs, email us at [email protected].

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This workshop was made possible by the generosity of the National Park Service.

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