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The Statue of Liberty’s Story in a Timeline

July 20, 2017
statue of liberty as seen from the ferry

1865: French historian Edouard de Laboulaye suggests that France create a statue to give to the United States to celebrate its success in building a democracy.

1870: The French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi begins sketching the Statue of Liberty.

Image Courtesy of Sanseiya

1878: Statue’s head and shoulders are completed and displayed at the Paris Universal Exposition.

1885: Statue of Liberty arrives in New York City from France.

1886: President Grover Cleveland officially dedicates the Statue of Liberty at a ceremony.

“Statue of Liberty Unveiled” by Edward Moran | Image Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York

1892: The U.S. government opens an immigration station on Ellis Island.

1903: The poem “The New Colussus” by Emma Lazarus (1849-1887) is inscribed at the base of the statue.

2011: 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty.

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