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."