School Datebooks Presents This Week in History: June 17, 1885

The Statue of Liberty. Source here.

The Statue of Liberty. Source here.

June 17, 1885 –The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City. It was a gift of friendship from the French. 

The statue was designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and stands at 151 feet 1 inch. The statue is a robed female, designed after the Roman goddess of freedom, Libertas, who also bears a torch and a tablet of law. A broken chain lies at her feet, signifying a state of being free.

In 1984, the statue was made into a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The UNESCO "Statement of Significance" describes the site as a "masterpiece of the human spirit"  that inspires ideals such as "liberty, peace, human rights, abolition of slavery, democracy and opportunity." 

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