This exhibition endeavors to remember the efforts of those who created the Irish Mission for Immigrant Girls in New York City. The story begins in Ireland with Charlotte Grace O’Brien’s inspiration and courage to actually do something about the appalling emigration conditions she observed first-hand on the docks in Queenstown. And, it continues with the commitment of the Catholic clergy and countless others to help over 100,000 women immigrants.
The exhibit, the work of the mission at Watson House committee chaired by Fr. Peter Meehan, is based on the historical research and archival collections of Maureen Murphy of Hofstra University and John T. Ridge. The exhibit was supported with a grant from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.