Dedicated in 1886, "Liberty Enlightening the World" (known as The Statue of Liberty) is a gift from France to the United States of America to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the birth of liberty in the US. and the end of slavery after the Civil War. She has since become a universal symbol of freedom, embraced by advocates of self-government the world over.
The Statue of Liberty has welcomed over 12 million immigrants entering the USA through New York harbor. She is now visited yearly by millions of admirers from all corners of the Earth.
Statue of Liberty with twin towers of the World Trade Center still standing
in the distance on Manhattan Island (photo taken from a boat on the
Hudson River September 2, 2000 - almost two years before the
9/11 terrorist attack) - photo by Storm Crypt on Flickr - noncommercial
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Toes of the Statue of Liberty (on American soil)
- public domain image from Wikipedia
Head of Statue of Liberty on display in park in Paris1