Today marks the 130th anniversary of the arrival of Lady Liberty in the New York harbor, and she doesn’t look a day past 129!
On June 17th, 1885 the statue arrived as a gift of friendship from France in celebration of the ideals shared by the two countries. She didn’t come as a whole however, and had to be assembled over the course of several months from over 300 individual pieces, according to the National Park Service. The final dedication ceremony was held on October 28, 1886 and from then on the colossal copper statue has served as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy.
Congratulations Lady Liberty!