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Angel Island State Park

Listed under History in San Francisco, United States.

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Less well-know than its contemporary in New York, Ellis Island, Angel Island was the point of entry for thousands of Asian immigrants to the United States in the early 20th century. Although the exhibit here is not as extensive as that in New York, a museum is available to the public and tells the emotional stories of the men and women who made the journey across the Pacific to America.

The buildings have not been preserved, but still visible on the walls are the messages left by those people who were detained on the Island. It’s difficult not to be affected as you read the bits of writing left behind and imagine sitting in the cell-like rooms waiting to be given entry.

Angel Island website.

Written by  Alex Witt.

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