The statue was conceived by Sculptor Auguste Bartholdi (above, right) and Edouard de Laboulaye,
a French abolitionist to celebrate the love of liberty shared by both France and the U.S.
Her bones are steel, and were constructed by Gustave Eiffel, of Eiffel Tower fame.
Lady Liberty was given to America as a gift from France, and her power of
inspiration to immigrants hoping for a better life in the U.S. goes beyond
A gift from France, America's most famous immigrant, The Statue of
Liberty was constructed in Paris starting in 1883, then taken apart and
shipped to America in pieces. Here she towers over Paris rooftops in 1884.
The hand and flame of the Statue of Liberty, designed by French sculptor
Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, are seen at the Universal Exposition in
Philadelphia in 1876.
The torch is unveiled as workmen begin to take away the scaffolding that
has covered the State of Liberty during her face-lift. Dec. 16, 1985.
The Statue of Liberty holds a tablet representing the law, on it are
Roman Numerals which read July 4, 1776, the date of American Independence.
June 22, 1995.
Herself the daughter of immigrants, poet Emma Lazarus penned the words
that epitomized the Statue of Liberty's meaning for many seeking a new