Since she was erected in New York Harbor in 1886, the Statue of Liberty has welcomed millions of immigrants to the New World, a beautiful symbol of hope and freedom. But the story really begins 15 years earlier, when the French sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi visited New York to plan the statue he would later present to the American people as a gift from France.
Here is a fascinating and comprehensive history of this beloved American landmark, from Bartholdi's first sketch to the final unveiling celebration.
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