The statue’s full name is Liberty Enlightening the World. The seven spikes in the crown stand for Liberty’s light shining on the world’s seven seas and continents. The tablet in her left hand is America’s Declaration of Independence.
There are several phrases associated with the Statue of Liberty, but the most recognizable is “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This quote comes from Emma Lazarus' sonnet, New Colossus, which she wrote for a fundraiser auction to raise money for the pedestal upon which the Statue of Liberty now sits.
The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on the October 18, 1886, and ten years after when the United States commemorated its centennial anniversary.
The statue that was unveiled in 1886 might seem almost unrecognizable to people today. Instead of the familiar green skin, Lady Liberty shined like a brand new copper penny. That is because the skin of the statue is actually made of a copper sheet no more than 2.4 millimeters thick.
Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was commissioned to design a sculpture with the year 1876 in mind for completion, to commemorate the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence. The Statue was a joint effort between America and France and it was agreed upon that the American people were to build the pedestal, and the French people were responsible for the Statue and its assembly here in the United States.
The tablet contains the text "July IV MDCCLXXVI" meaning July 4, 1776, commemorating the independence day of The United States of America.
After Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi prefabricated the figure in Paris by molding sheets of cooper over a stainless-steel framework, it was shipped to the United States in 241 crates in 1885. Some of the money to erect the statue was contributed by American school children.
The torch has been off limits since World War I, when German saboteurs set off an explosion nearby that sent shrapnel into it and the statue's skirt.
Edouaed de Laboulaye, w well-known French teacher and author of several books about the United States, had a dinner party at his house in 1865. It was at this party that de Laboulaye proposed some kind of a monument to be built as a tribute to the U.S.
Concern about the Statue of Liberty began in 1981, when two Frenchmen who were repairing another statue of a similar composition saw the damage that had occurred over the years.