Liberty, the beautiful lady given to us by our European friends and allies back in 1886. She was a present from France to commemorate our alliance during the American Revolution. The idea was proposed by Eduardo de Laboulaye, an abolitionist, U.S. Constitution expert who suggested it as a symbol of the efforts of Abraham Lincoln. He also hoped the idea would encourage France to also adopt a democratic government. More about this man can be found by going to the National Park Service website, http://www.nps.gov.
She was designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, made of copper and sculpted by Gustave Eiffel. It is located on Liberty Island in NY harbor, New York City, NY. She holds a torch high and in her other hand a tablet inscribed with Roman numerals of July, 4, 1776, for the date of the Declaration of Independence.
The famous words written by Emma Lazarus in a poem titled “The New Colossus” were inscribed on the statue in 1903. This poem is well known, even though not heeded by some of our politicos. The words were idolized by immigrants from all over the world and should still be.