The Statue of Liberty comes to America

By Claudine Zap


The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York on June 17,1885. The torch-bearing, crown-wearing lady has become a global symbol of democracy. After being closed for repairs due to damage from the 2012 Superstorm Sandy, both the statue and Liberty Island, where it stands, will reopen to visitors on July 4, 2013.

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circa 1885: The framework for the right arm of the Statue Of Liberty during construction in Paris. Designed by the French sculptor Frederick Bartholdi, the statue was presented to the United States by France in 1876. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1885:  New York. Bartholdi "Statue of Liberty," erected on Bedloe's Island, in New York Harbor  (Photo by Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

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The Statue of Liberty is seen on Bedloe Island in New York Harbor, date unknown. (AP Photo)

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Fifty Jewish refugee children, between ages 5 and16, arrive in New York from Hamburg, Germany, on the liner President Harding on June 3, 1939. (AP Photo)

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U.S. CITIES STATUES MONUMENTS RESTORATION RENOVATION REPAIR SCAFFOLDING

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The Statue of Liberty is covered by a network of scaffolding as renovations get underway, July 4, 1984. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff)

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åNEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: A falcon sits perched atop the Statue of Liberty which, remains closed to the public six weeks after Hurricane Sandy on December 13, 2012 in New York City. The storm caused extensive damage to National Park Service facilities on Liberty Island, although the statue itself remained unscathed. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar toured the island Thursday while visiting the area to see damage caused by the storm. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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xA journalist ascends the spiral staircase to the crown inside the Statue of Liberty in New York, Wednesday, May 20, 2009. The Statue of Liberty's crown, with its exhilarating view of New York's skyscrapers, bridges and seaport, is reopening on Independence Day for the first time since terrorists leveled the World Trade Center just across the harbor. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)