Graffiti Found on Ellis Island This story originally aired July 7, 1986 During a massive effort to restore Ellis Island, preservationists uncovered graffiti beneath layers of old flaking paint. The etchings, scrawlings, and drawings covering much of the Great Hall of the complex were written in over 14 different languages by the more than 12 million immigrants who passed through its doors.

Graffiti Found on Ellis Island

This story originally aired July 7, 1986 During a massive effort to restore Ellis Island, preservationists uncovered graffiti beneath layers of old flaking paint. The etchings, scrawlings, and drawings covering much of the Great Hall of the complex were written in over 14 different languages by the more than 12 million immigrants who passed through its doors.