Ellis Island Medal of Honor, American Legends Award, National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations Foundations, Inc.

Announcement Date: March 19, 1994

The Ellis Island Medal of Honor was bestowed upon Henry in 1994 by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations Foundations Inc., further recognizing Henry’s accomplishments and their direct connection to his family’s immigrant narrative. Since its establishment in 1986, the Medal has been officially recognized by both Houses of Congress as one of the nation’s most prestigious awards. Past recipients include six former Presidents of the United States as well as venerated Americans such as Muhammad Ali, Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, and Rosa Parks. The award is given to individuals who have made their life’s mission to share their wealth of knowledge, unique talents, generosity, and courage with those less fortunate while maintaining the traditions of their ethnic heritage as they uphold the ideals and spirit of America.