Wednesday, September 18, 2019

DYK: Facts about the Statue of Liberty

From: Harry S.
Sent: September 18, 2019
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: DYK: Facts about the Statue of Liberty


1. Did you know that the Statue of Liberty walks over a broken chain and shackle, half-hidden by her robes and difficult to see from the ground. They represent freedom and the end of servitude and oppression.
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2. Did you know that the Statue of Liberty was originally a dull copper color, but after 20 years it oxidized and became covered in green patina. Congress wanted to paint away the corrosion, but the Army Corps of Engineers concluded it "softened the outlines of the Statue and made it beautiful." Learn more.

3. Did you know that Americans, who only had to pay for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, struggled to pull together funding. Joseph Pulitzer started a crowdfunding campaign and gathered $100,000 from more than 120,000 contributors, most of whom gave less than $1. Learn more.

4. Did you know that the postage stamp of The Statue of Liberty depicts not the real statue in New York, but the replica in Las Vegas. Learn more.

5. Did you know that the star-shaped base of the Statue of Liberty was originally a fort named Fort Wood built in 1811 to defend against the British. Learn more.

6. Did you know that the words at the base of the Statue of Liberty "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" are by Jewish-American poet Emma Lazarus, from her poem "The New Colossus." The quote was added to the pedestal 17 years after her death. Learn more.

7. Did you know that the Statue of Liberty's hand sat in a New York park for 6 years before being installed. While the French paid for the statue, the US didn't want to pay for the pedestal, so to raise money, photographs were sold to tourists and for 50 cents, you could climb a ladder to the top of the torch. Learn more.

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