History of Statue of Liberty

“All men by nature desire to know.”—Aristotle

The 152 foot cooper female figure on Liberty Island in New York Harbor the world knows as
The statue, was designed by a Frenchman named, Frederic Bartholdi and was given to the
United States of America by France on the 100th anniversary of Independence Day (4th of July)
a gift of enduring friendship between the two nations.

This colossal Neo Classical sculpture was created on October 28th, 1886.
The symbolism of light and freedom for the world is the embodiment of freedom and no other city in the world best captures the Roman goddess, Libertas as the city of New York.
Libertas, served as the inspiration for The Statue of Liberty.

Libertas, the Roman goddess who bears a torch and tablet evoking the law upon which is
inscribed the date July 4th 1776, American Independence Day.

A broken chain lies at the feet of Lady Liberty also
a plaque which reads:

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free,
the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
–Emma Lazarus

Charles Micheaux
Micheaux Publishing


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