The Statue Of Liberty

August 14, 2021

The Statue of Liberty arrived in pieces, making her the first do-it-yourself monument. (Photo credit- French Archives Library of Congress)

With her guiding light and portentous full name, “Liberty Enlightening the World,” the statue’s creation represented the abolition of slavery, the fight against tyranny, and goodwill between nations. America’s relationship with France has seen some low points, like “freedom fries,” but the “Mother of Freedom” endures as a reminder of cooperation between the nations.

A Massive Undertaking

The Statue of Liberty under construction in Paris, 1884. (Granger REX Shutterstock)

Before the “Lady of the Harbor” made the trip across the pond in 214 crates and 350 individual pieces, the entire structure was constructed and deconstructed in Paris. The idea came from Édouard de Laboulaye, a poet and antislavery activist. Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a sculptor interested in large-scale designs while Gustave Eiffel, of the Eiffel Tower, did the heavy lifting.