The right arm and torch of the Statue of Liberty on display at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.
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In the early 1870s, inspired by the abolition of slavery and the Union victory in the American Civil War, French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi seized upon an idea. He would build a monumental gift for the United States, a gesture of friendship from a country that had helped secure its independence
When Bartholdi visited the United States to gather support for the project, he identified Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor as the ideal site. It was right at the mouth of a major port, and was federally owned “land common to all the states.” Read more…
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