June 18, 2024

On June 17th, 1885, France delivered The Statue of Liberty to America. It was a gift from the French people to the US as a sign of friendship.

The sculpture, forged by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, is officially titled Liberty Enlightening the World and is widely recognized as a symbol of freedom and democracy. The statue holds a tablet in her left hand, engraved with the date July 4, 1776 in Roman numerals, which highlights her role as a representation of American independence. She embodies the ancient Roman goddess Libertas, who signifies sovereignty. Hidden beneath her drapes, a broken chain and shackle remain at her right foot, showcasing a commitment to ending oppression.

The statue was packed in over 200 cases and the above video describes how it was built.

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