Statue of Liberty National Monument


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On this day, 134 years ago, President Grover Cleveland presided over the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. A gift from the French to the American people, Liberty Enlightening the World has welcomed millions of immigrants to New York and the USA.


The statue, made of copper, was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. The metal supporting framework was designed by Gustave Eiffel, famous for Paris’ Eiffel Tower. The sculpture was built in France and shipped to the US in sections to be assembled on a pedestal provided by the US.


Financing for the pedestal proved difficult. Publisher Joseph Pulitzer started a fundraising campaign and secured more than 120,000 donations of a dollar or less.


Lady Liberty holds a torch in one hand and a tablet inscribed with July 4, 1776 (In Roman numerals) in the other. At her feet lies a broken shackle to symbolize the post-civil war abolition of slavery. Over the decades she became a global icon for freedom.


Etched in bronze on the pedestal:

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” –Emma Lazarus


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Location: Jersey City & New York City

Designation: National Monument & World Heritage Site

Date designated or established: 10/28/1886, NPS 1933

Date of my visit: 9/23/2019

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My great-grandfather, an immigrant and carpenter from Italy who first saw Lady Liberty in 1913 when his ship sailed into the harbor. Standing on the left in this photo by her foot, he was part of the repair crew on the statue sometime in the 1920s or 30s.

35 thoughts on “Statue of Liberty National Monument

  1. What a beautiful story and I love your family connection. I have been by but never gotten to visit the island. This must be done some day soon. Thank you for educating us on these places!

  2. My wife’s family also came over from Italy (Sicily) in the early 1900s. We would do well to remember the words on that tablet and revisit them often.

  3. A welcome post as we move into this election, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free!” A grand symbol of American democracy. Thanks. Curt

    1. What an interesting family connection you have. I wish the sentiment in Lazarus’s poem was still felt by our government today (and citizens, too). I was not aware of the shackle at her feet – must be difficult to see.

      1. No, I don’t think you can see that from the ground. Maybe looking down from the crown, but I haven’t climbed up there to see what the view looks like. Yes I was very excited to see that photo years ago when my grandmother brought out her photo album. My mom had never seen it either

  4. Terrific post and images, T. Having grown up in NJ, I have memories of visiting the Statue of Liberty with my family and climbing up to the crown. We were required to memorize “give me your tired…” in 6th grade. I can still recite it. 😉

  5. A timely reminder of what this country has stood for over the course of its history. I had forgotten about the shackles at Lady Liberty’s feet. It’s time she kicked them into the sea where they can’t be retrieved.

    How wonderful that your great-grandfather worked on this monument so soon after he arrived, and how wonderful this photo exists!

    Best wishes,

  6. Such greatness, you must be super proud of your great grandpa been involved in Lady Liberty we see today.

    I’ve read quite a number of posts on this world marvel but I’d missed that Mr Eiffel also contributed to this. He must be smiling in his resting place… LoL

    It’s always good to learn something new and did you know that the statue wasn’t always green?

    Thanks for sharing!!!

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