People from all around the world come to the see the beautiful Statue of Liberty in New York, but why is it even here? What is the meaning?
Towards the end of the American Civil War, Edouard de Laboulaye, a French historian, suggested that France offer the Unites States a statue in celebration of their success in creating a feasible democracy. The goal was to have the statue ready for centennial of the Declaration of Independence in 1876. The project would be a joint effort between the French and the United States. The French were responsible for the statue and its assembly. Meanwhile, the Americans would build the pedestal on which it would stand on. This would represent the friendship between them.
The statue was very expensive. The work did not begin until 1875 because of how costly it would be. Bartholdi named the project “Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World.” It was a woman holding a torch in her right hand raised and a tablet in her left that had “July 4, 1776” engraved on it.
The Statue of Liberty was modeled after a black women. Edouard de Laboulaye was the chairman of the French Anti-Slavery Society. They proposed to the French government that the people of France present to the people of United States through the American Abolitionist Society. The gift of a Statue of Liberty was recognition of the abolition of American slavery. However it would also recognize the 150,000 black soldiers who helped abolish slavery by winning the Civil War.
And that is why the beautiful Statue of Liberty is here!