October 28th 1886 Statue of Liberty was Dedicated to America.(Video Included)

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The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France, is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue has become an iconic symbol of freedom and of the United States.

          

Bartholdi was inspired by French law professor and politician Édouard René de Laboulaye, who commented in 1865 that any monument raised to American independence would properly be a joint project of the French and American peoples. Due to the troubled political situation in France, work on the statue did not commence until the early 1870s. In 1875, Laboulaye proposed that the French finance the statue and the Americans provide the pedestal and the site. Bartholdi completed both the head and the torch-bearing arm before the statue was fully designed, and these pieces were exhibited for publicity at international expositions.

           

The arm was displayed in New York’s Madison Square Park from 1876 to 1882. Fundraising proved difficult, especially for the Americans, and by 1885 work on the pedestal was threatened due to lack of funds. Publisher Joseph Pulitzer of the World initiated a drive for donations to complete the project, and the campaign inspired over 120,000 contributors, most of whom gave less than a dollar. The statue was constructed in France, shipped overseas in crates, and assembled on the completed pedestal on what was then called Bedloe’s Island. The statue’s completion was marked by New York’s first ticker-tape parade and a dedication ceremony presided over by President Grover Cleveland.

For those looking for larger size pictures of those above, please click onto Wikipedia and click on the photo’s in there for much larger sizes.

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9 Responses to October 28th 1886 Statue of Liberty was Dedicated to America.(Video Included)

  1. elaine hance says:

    beautiful…just plain beautiful………

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Elaine,
      Yes it certainly is, I have never had the pleasure of being able to go to America, but maybe one day.
      Thank You for visiting and your comment.

  2. Sue says:

    Enjoyed watching the video,I’ve always wondered what it was like inside the Statue of Liberty, it is completely different than what I expected, it is huge. Looks very interesting inside, and the view looks really great from the top. I have never been to America either, I also hope to get there one day.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Sue,
      Yes it is very big, in Wikipedia it states that, from the foundation of pedestal (ground level) to the tip of the torch is 93m (305ft. 1 inch). There is a whole reference of sizes for every bit of the statue, it’s very interesting.

  3. travelrat says:

    There was an ‘urban myth’ that the statue was originally intended to stand at the Mediterranean end of the Suez Canal, but the Egyptians didn’t want it.

    Haven’t been able to substantiate it, though …

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      I hadn’t heard of that myth, I didn’t come across it anywhere when I was doing a bit of research, but you just never know. It would be very interesting to know for sure.

  4. JOnKEnna says:

    Fascinating article and video. Would love to peer out from that famous brown one day.

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