The Statue of Liberty's 125th Birthday Celebration

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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.

 

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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 words.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Herself the daughter of immigrants, poet Emma Lazarus penned the words that epitomized the Statue of Liberty's meaning for many seeking a new world.

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