17 June 2008
Statue of Liberty Arrives
Today on June 17, 1885 The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City. The statue orginially known at “Liberty Enlightening the World” was designed by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. The Statue of Liberty was a gift of friendship from the people of France to commemorate the Franco-American alliance during the American Revolution. The statue arrived in over 200 cases and was reassembled on a pedestal inscribed with a poem by Emma Lazarus, "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-tossed to me. / I lift my lamp beside the golden door." Bartholdi’s statue has become one of the United States most famous icons and a beautiful example of art and friendship.