Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Lady Liberty

Since we celebrate Independence Day this Saturday I thought you might like to know a few facts about the Statue of Liberty.

A Frenchman by the name of Edouard-René Lefebvre de Laboulaye wanted to build a monument that would honor the friendship between France and the U.S.

Sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi designed the statue.

The French bore the cost of making the statue and the Americans the pedestal.

Bartholdi built the statue in sections.

Over 300,000 rivets secured 350 sheets of copper of Lady Liberty

The engineer and builder of the Eiffel Tower, Alexander-Gustave Eiffel, designed the skeleton of the statue.

When the statue was finished, the Americans were having trouble raising money to complete the pedestal.

Joseph Pulitzer, the owner and publisher of a New York paper, promised to publish the names of those who contributed. He raised one hundred thousand dollars.

President Grover Cleveland asked Congress for $56,000 to finish the project.

Two hundred and fourteen boxes brought the statue from France to the U.S.

It took six months and 75 workers to put it together.

Liberty Enlightening the World was the statue’s name.

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