28th October, 1886
On this day, ’The Statue of Liberty’ was officially dedicated by U.S. President Grover Cleveland before thousands of spectators on Bedloe’s Island (now known as Liberty Island) as a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States.
The Statue Of Liberty…
? Was formerly called -Liberty Enlightening the World (La Liberté éclairant le monde).
? Commemorated the alliance of France and the United States during the American Revolution.
?Was funded by both the French (creating the statue, with assembly in the US) and the Americans (funding the pedestal).
?Was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and its metal framework was built by Gustave Eiffel.
? Was supposedly modeled after Roman Goddess Libertas according to some historians.
?Was transported on its Trans-Atlantic journey in 214 crates carrying about 350 separate bronze pieces in total!
Sometimes referred to as Lady Liberty…
? It has 25 windows in its crown (made famous in a scene from Ghostbusters II).
? Has 7 spikes on her crown representing sun rays extending to the world.
? Holds a torch and a tablet which has the date of the American Independence Day (July 4th, 1776) inscribed in Roman numerals.
? Has a broken shackle and chain on her foot, symbolising the end of slavery.
?Functioned as a lighthouse for 16 years, with its light shining for a distance of 24 km!