"Tribute to liberty and hospitality" Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Tip by rexvaughan

 
 

Liberty Enlightening the World is the formal name of the statue and there is not much I can add to this wonderful American landmark, except to say that this gift from the people of France to the people of the US and Ellis Island are reminders of the best characteristics of the USA which are best expressed by Emma Lazarus in her poem, ?The New Colossus:?

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

This was written by someone who symbolizes its significance, a descendant of Portugese Jewish immigrants to New York City. It didn?t receive much attention until after her death when a bronze plaque of the poem was place on the inner walls of the pedestal. For more wonderful history of it the National Parks Service site is excellent: http://www.nps.gov/stli/historyculture/index.htm
It is worth noting that the skeletal framework was designed by another famous Frenchman named Eiffel. It is built to allow movement of the skin and the framework to allow for the sway that the Statue encounters from harbor winds.
If you walk the circular walk around the Statue and the café and bookstore plaza, there are statues of Bartholdi, Eiffel and Emma Lazarus lining the walkway.

Address: In the Hudson River
Directions: South Ferry at Battery Park - Take the #5 train to Bowling Green or #1 to South Ferry
Phone: +1 212-363-3200
Website: http://www.nps.gov/stli/index.htm

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  • Written Aug 16, 2010
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