The Statue of Liberty at 125 Years

The Statue of Liberty Closes for Renovations
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Lady Liberty
Designed by the French sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi, "Liberty Enlightening the World," known popularly as the Statue of Liberty, was dedicated on October 28, 1886, but parts of it were shown prior to the final construction at various places and times in order to attract interest in the project and help to raise money for its completion. Pictured here, the statue's completed head was exhibited at the Paris World's Fair in 1878; the arm, bearing a torch, was displayed in Philadelphia in 1876 for the city's Centennial Exhibition, and moved to Madison Square Park in New York City for several years afterwards.

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