THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: JUNE 17, 1885

Statue of Liberty Arrives in New York

statue-of-libertyOn this day in 1885, the dismantled State of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of America, arrives in New York Harbor after being shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in 350 individual pieces packed in more than 200 cases. The copper and iron statue, which was reassembled and dedicated the following year in a ceremony presided over by U.S. President Grover Cleveland, became known around the world as an enduring symbol of freedom and democracy.


Learn more about sculptor, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi »

Read the poem “New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus »

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