Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was commissioned to
design a sculpture with the year 1876 in mind for completion,
to commemorate the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence.
The Statue was a joint effort between America and France and it was
agreed upon that the American people were to build the pedestal, and the
French people were responsible for the Statue and its assembly here in the
United States. However, lack of funds was a problem on both sides
of the Atlantic Ocean. On October 28th 1886, the dedication of the
Statue of Liberty took place in front of thousands of spectators.
She was a centennial gift ten years late.
*Information from The Statue of Liberty History from the National Parks Service Website
The New Colossus Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
with conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
a mighty woman with a torch whose flame is imprisoned lightning,
and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand glows world-wide
welcome; her mild eyes command the air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands your storied pomp!" cries she with silent lips.
"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to
breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the
homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Emma Lazarus (1849-1887)
God Bless America
Irving Berlin, 1938
God Bless America land that I love.
Stand beside her and guide her, Through the night
with a light from above. From the mountains to the
prairies To the oceans white with foam God Bless America,
my home, sweet home, God Bless America, my home, sweet home.