U.S. celebrates Statue of Liberty’s 125th birthday
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Fireworks light up New York Harbor for the 125th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty viewed from New Jersey, USA, 28 October 2011. One hundred and twenty-five years ago, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France, was unveiled in New York Harbor.
A gift to America
The head of the Statue of Liberty, designed by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, is seen inside a Paris studio around 1880. The Statue of Liberty was presented to the U.S. in 1886 by the Franco-American Union to commemorate the American Revolution.
The hand of the Statue of Liberty, holding a tablet, is seen inside a Paris studio around 1875. The date “July 4, 1776” was later inscribed upon Lady Liberty’s tablet, representing the date on which the American colonies declared their independence from England.
A symbol of friendship
French architect and sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904), creator of the Statue of Liberty, stands for a portrait in 1870. At right, a photograph of the invitation by Ferdinand de Lesseps for presentation of statue of Liberty to American minister Mr. Morton on July 4, 1884, in Paris, France.
Symbol of enlightenment
The torch and part of the arm of the Statue of Liberty are on display at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. The statue’s torch and flame represent the idea of enlightenment.
50 and fabulous
President Franklin Roosevelt speaks at the 50th anniversary celebration of the erection of the Statue of Liberty in New York on Oct. 28, 1936. He declared that, “To the message of Liberty which America sends to all the world must be added her message of peace.”
Looking out from Liberty Island
Merchant ships lie at anchor in front of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor on Sept. 16, 1946. The ships are tied up because of waterfront strikes. Only a few tugs and ferries are on the move. Given her prominent position in New York Harbor, Lady Liberty has greeted generations of immigrants upon their arrival in America.
Another sprucing up
The torch from the Statue of Liberty is lowered during repairs on the famous lady in July 1984. Following the statue’s 125th anniversary celebration, the interior will be closed for a year-long, $27.25 million renovation that includes safety improvements. Liberty Island will remain open during the project.
The Statue of Liberty will close for a year at the end of October as it undergoes a $27.25 million renovation that will make the interior safer and more accessible, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Wednesday.
View from the crown
First lady Nancy Reagan and schoolchildren wave from the crown of the Statue of Liberty during the monument’s centennial celebration on July 4, 1986, in New York City.
A long climb
Visitors look out from the interior of the Statue of Liberty on June 22, 1995, in New York City. Visitors must climb 354 stairs — about 22 stories — to reach Lady Liberty’s crown
Fireworks illuminate the skies around the Statue of Liberty in the New York Harbor during the annual fireworks display July 4, 2004, in New York City.
Lady Liberty’s perspective
Clouds hover over downtown Manhattan as seen from the crown of the Statue of Liberty on July 4, 2009, in New York City. The crown of the famous statue, which was closed to the public after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was opened again on the nation’s Independence Day for a limited number of visitors each day. The base, pedestal and outdoor observation deck were reopened in 2004, but the crown remained off-limits.
Lady Liberty at night
The Statue of Liberty is seen beneath the rising moon on Aug. 12, 2011, in New York City
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