The Statue of Liberty, located at the mouth of New York Harbor, is a defining symbol of American values. The statue, dedicated by France in 1886, was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and constructed by Gustave Eiffel. It stands at a towering 93 meters (151 feet), and weighs a massive 450,000 pounds. Fun Fact: If you’re wondering how they managed to ship her across the Atlantic, you won’t be surprised to know that it wasn’t easy. The statue had to be broken down into 350 pieces in order to fit on shipping vessels. It then took 4 months to put it all back together. That’s dedication!
Since its installation, the Statue of Liberty has become a national landmark of unparalleled importance. With the Ellis Island immigration complex in its shadow, the statue has become a symbol of the nation. As immigrant ships steadily crept through hundreds of miles of vast ocean, one could only imagine the sense of awe that was projected as Lady Liberty emerged on the horizon, torch in hand. Beyond her was a new life, new land, and countless opportunities. These three ideals, simple yet profound, are reflected in the poem inscribed at the base of the statue: “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!”