BOSTON (CBS) – A new tribute was dedicated Saturday on Deer Island to Irish immigrants who were seeking a better life in Boston.

The 16-foot Celtic cross overlooking Boston Harbor is made of stone and honors the 850 Irish immigrants who died after arriving on Deer Island in the 1800s.

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A new tribute was dedicated Saturday on Deer Island to Irish immigrants who were seeking a better life in Boston. (WBZ-TV)

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The immigrants came to America to escape a famine in Ireland only to die and be buried in unmarked graves. Organizers say this memorial recognizes their sacrifice.

“This was a group that many years ago left a land that was desolated, came here with hope in their heart and the future seemed to be bright if they could make it,” said Irish singer and storyteller Mairin Keady.

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Organizers say the memorial also serves as a reminder that America should be a welcoming place to immigrants.